Galician Americans
Galegos americanos
Regions with significant populations
Florida, New York, New Jersey, California
American English, Spanish, Galician
Christianity (Roman Catholicism)
Other religions

Galician Americans (Galician: galegos americanos) are Americans of Galician descent.

The Galicians (Galician: Galegos; Spanish: Gallegos) are a nationality, cultural and ethnolinguistic group whose historic homeland is Galicia, in the north-west of the Iberian Peninsula (Europe). Galician and Castilian are the official languages of the Autonomous Community of Galicia.

Galician migration to North America took place mainly between 1868 and 1930,[1] although there was a second smaller wave in the late 1940s and 1950s, when Galicians managed to form a small community in Newark.[2]

There are some notable Galician-born persons who have lived or are now residing in the US, such as musician Cristina Pato or teacher Anxo Brea,[3] but they may do so temporarily and without being naturalized American. The list below refers to US-born or US citizens of Galician ancestry.

Notable people

  • Estevez family
  • Jerry Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) musician and songwriter.
  • Ramón Verea Spanish journalist, engineer and writer. Inventor of a calculator with an internal multiplication table
  • Yglesias family.
  • Perez Hilton (Mario Armando Lavandeira, Jr.) (born March 23, 1978) known professionally as Perez Hilton, American blogger and television personality.
  • Carmen Fariña teacher and politician.
  • Octavio Vazquez (born 1972) composer and professor at Nazareth College (New York).
  • Richard Fariña (March 8, 1937 – April 30, 1966) American folksinger, songwriter, poet and novelist.
  • Sonia Villapol (May 8, 1977) Neurocientist, Medical Center, Houston.
  • Alberto Avendaño (July 30, 1957) Journalist, Washigton Post.
  • Antonio Lage-Seara (Julio 15, 1987) Comunicator, cultural activist.
  • Cristina Pato ( 1980), composer and professor.
  • Novoa family from El Salvador, Mexico and originally from Maceda, Ourense, Galicia, Spain.
  • References

    1. ^ "Los gallegos en USA se hacen visibles". La Opinion Coruña newspaper. Retrieved 2015-05-04.
    2. ^ "La Pequeña Galicia de EE.UU". La Voz de Galicia newspaper. Retrieved 2015-05-04.
    3. ^ "Un galego, mellor profesor de Historia do Estado de Nova York". Galicia Confidencial newspaper. Retrieved 2015-05-08.