Heraldische Spur die Familie: Contreras Ancient and noble Spanish family, of clear and ancestral virtue, that has worldwide spread, over the centuries. The clear nobility of this House is also confirmed by its presence in the valuable work "Il Dizionario storico-blasonico delle famiglie nobili e notabili italiane, estinte e fiorenti" of the Italian writer and heraldist Giovan Battista di Crollalanza (19 May 1819 – 8 March 1892), published in Pisa in three volumes between 1886 and 1890. According to what has been handed down, the family took its name from the villa of Contreras, in province of Burgos, where the Count of Castilla Fernan Gonzalez... Fortsetzung folgterected a fortress that sold to Fernan Saso who, from that moment, changed his surname. With the conquest of Segovia, Fernan moved there, beginning with Contreras's prosperity. Over the time, the family spread in Avila, Jaen, Cordoba, Burgos, Madrid and elsewhere in Spain. Successor of Fernar was Sancho Fernandez de Contreras, who flourished in 1075 and who founded the monastery of San Pedro de Arlanza. Another branch of the family moved to Sicily, in the Southern Italy, where a Baldassarre held the outstanding charge of Palermo's captain of justice, in 1579. From the analysis of colours and figures of the coat of arms we can also have some information about the family virtues. The tincture red (gules) is symbol of strength, power, fervent love for God and neighbour; the dog is the symbol for courage vigilance and fidelity; in heraldry, the castle has often been granted to one who has faithfully held a castle for his sovereign, or who has captured on by force or stratagem. The castle signifies spiritual power and vigilance on the watch as well as home and safety. The tower is very similar to this and is an emblem of grandeur and society. It is a symbol of defence and of a steadfast individual. Family names so old, without any doubt honour not only families but also the cities that welcomed them; seems to be, in fact, very worthy the living members of this family which, with much decorum, carry this noble surname, which has had several illustrious members.
Nachname Variationen: Contrera - Incontreras - Incontrera
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1 Blasonierung die Familie Contreras
Gules, a tower or with port and windows overt gules.
Contreras, Incontreras, Contrera o Incontrera from Sicily.
Source: "Blasone In Sicilia ossia Raccolta Araldica" V. Palizzolo Gravina, Palermo 1871-75, page 155, table XXI-I; "Dizionario storico blasonico delle famiglie nobili e notabili italiane estinte e fiorenti" volumeI, compiled by Comm. G.B. di Crollalanza, editedby "la direzione del giornale araldico", Pisa 1888.