Herrera - Name Meaning & Origin

Odubel Herrera #37 of the Philadelphia Phillies


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Derived from the Spanish herrería, meaning "place where ironwork is made," the Herrera surname means "worker in iron, a blacksmith." According to the Instituto Genealógico e Histórico Latino-Americano, this Castellan surname originated in the Villa of Pedraza, in the province of Segovia, in Castile and Leon, Spain.

Herrera is the 33rd most common Hispanic surname.

Surname origin:


Herrera may also be seen spelled as Herrero or Herera.

Famous People With the Surname Herrera

  • Odubel Herrera - Venezuelan professional baseball player/
  • Caroline Herrera - Venezuelan fashion designer; married to Reinaldo Herrera.
  • Paloma Herrera - Famous Argentine ballerina.

Genealogy Resources for the Surname Herrera

Genealogy.com is a popular genealogy forum for the Herrera surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Herrera query.

Find records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Herrera surname and its variations at FamilySearch.org.

RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Herrera surname.

CousinConnect.com allows you to read or post genealogy queries for the surname Herrera, and sign up for free notification when new Herrera queries are added.

DistantCousin.com gives you access to free databases and genealogy links for the last name Herrera.


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Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

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