Galician Americans

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Galician Americans
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Total population
Regions with significant populations
Florida, New York
American English, Spanish, Galician
Christianity (Roman Catholicism)
Other religions

Galician Americans 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,[2] although there was a second smaller wave in the late 1940s and 1950s, when Galicians managed to form a small community in Newark.[3]

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,[4] 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 Galician-Americans[edit]

  • Estevez family
  • Jerry Garcia (August 1, 1942 - August 9, 1995) was a musician and songwriter.
  • Ramón Verea – Spanish journalist, engineer and writer. Inventor of a calculator with an internal multiplication table
  • Yglesias family
    • Jose Yglesias – (November 29, 1919 – November 7, 1995) was an American novelist and journalist. Yglesias was born in the Ybor City section of Tampa, Florida, and was of Cuban and Spanish descent. His father was from Galicia.
      • Rafael Yglesias – Rafael Yglesias (May 12, 1954, New York) is an American novelist and screenwriter. His parents were the novelists Jose Yglesias and Helen Yglesias.
        • Matthew Yglesias – Matthew Yglesias (May 18, 1981) is an American economics journalist and political blogger.
  • Perez Hilton – Mario Armando Lavandeira, Jr. (born March 23, 1978), known professionally as Perez Hilton is an American blogger and television personality.
  • Carmen Fariña is a teacher and politician.
  • Octavio Vazquez (b.1972) is a composer and professor at Nazareth College (New York).


  1. ^ "Table 1. First, Second, and Total Responses to the Ancestry Question by Detailed Ancestry Code: 2000". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  2. ^ "Los gallegos en USA se hacen visibles". La Opinion Coruña newspaper. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  3. ^ "La Pequeña Galicia de EE.UU.". La Voz de Galicia newspaper. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  4. ^ "Un galego, mellor profesor de Historia do Estado de Nova York". Galicia Confidencial newspaper. Retrieved 2015-05-08. 

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