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Zambrano is a surname of Spanish and also Basque origin. Members of this family have played a prominent role through the history of Spain and The Americas.


Zambrana or Zambrano comes from the word soberano ("sovereign").[citation needed].


The Zambrano family originated in the mountains of Biscay.[1] Piferrer records that the first to bear this name was Fortun Sanchez.

Francisco Zazo y Rosillo, the Chronicler King of Arms to Philip V of Spain, chronicled the lineage of the Zambrano family from its origins in the village of Zambrana in the Gipuzkoa province in what was at the time the Kingdom of Castile.[2] This Castilian origin is reflected in the Zambrano family crest, which features the castle sigil of Castile along with the rose sigil of Reus. The progenitor of this line was Ochoa de Zambraos, who served as a knight to the Catholic Monarchs.[2] Zazo proceeds to trace the lineage through five generations (and the eventual evolution of the name from Zambraos to Zambrano), noting the spread of the family to Flanders, Úbeda, Málaga, Antequera and La Rioja, and the service of the family to Philip I of Castile, Charles V of Flanders and Philip II of Spain.[2]

The village of Zambrana was named for the Zambrano family, who were granted a land grant there by Don Sancho in 1058.[3]

The Estado Militar de España was an annual register of the status of military affairs of Spain, including the listing of special orders of military honor, including the Order of Santiago, the Order of Calatrava, the Order of Alcantara and the Order of Montesa. The Zambrano name can be found frequently among these registers.[4][5]

Notable ZambranosEdit

Carlos Zambrano pitched in Major League Baseball from 2001–2012.
Jimmy Zambrano is a Colombian accordion player of Vallenato music.
Lorenzo Zambrano was CEO of Cemex from 1985–2014

Notable people with this surname include:

Fictional charactersEdit

  • Kim Zambrano, Fire Department of New York paramedic, played by Kim Raver, on American television series Third Watch, seen on NBC from 1999 to 2005; she appeared in first five seasons, first episode of season six, and cameo in May 6, 2005 finale
  • The Zambrano crime family in Venezuela, from J.J. Connolly's Viva La Madness


  1. ^ Piferrer, Francisco (1858). Nobiliario de los reinos y señorios de España. p. 42.
  2. ^ a b c Mogrobejo, Endika (1995). "Zambrana o Zambrano o Zambranos o Zambraos". Diccionario hispanoamericano de heráldica, onomástica y genealogía (in Spanish). Editorial Mogrobejo-Zabala. ISBN 9788489965096. (excerpted at
  3. ^ "Monumentos y Patrimonio de Zambrana" [Monuments and founding of Zambrana]. Ayuntamiento de Zambrana. Archived from the original on June 30, 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Estado Militar de España: 1802" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Estado Militar de España: 1847" (PDF).