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1) Espagne - Écartelé aux 1 et 4 de gueules à un pont de deux arches d'argent mouv d'une eau au naturel et supp deux tours du second au 2 contre-écartelé d'argent à une chaudière de sable et de gueules à une croix alésée d'or au 3 d'or à un loup de sable rampant contre un arbre de sinople le tout soutenu d'une terrasse du même L'écu entouré d'une bordure partie à dextre de gueules ch de neuf besants d'or à senestre de sinople ch de neuf tourteaux de sable surch chacun d'une croisette d'or Cimier un griffon issant d'or langué de gueules Lambrequin d'argent et de gueules. English: Quarterly 1st and 4th gules with a bridge of two arches argent coming from a river proper and supporting two towers of the second 2nd counter quarterly argent with a cauldron sable and gules with a cross couped or 3rd or with a wolf sable rampant against a tree vert all standing on a mount of the same the shield entirely within a bordure per pale to the dexter gules charged with nine bezants or to the sinister vert charged with nine roundels sable surcharged each having a crosslet or Crest: a griffin issuant or langued gules Mantling: argent and gules.
2) Espagne, Flandre - Coupé de gueules sur une eau au naturel qui présente une saline le gueules chargé d'un soleil d'or. English: Per fess gules over a river proper which has a saltworks gules charged with a sun or.
3) Aragon - Coupé au 1 d'or à une tour de deux étages d'argent ouverte et ajourée de gueules accostée de deux lions rampants et affrontés du même au 2 de sinople à un écusson en abîme d'azur ch de six fasces ondées d'argent. English: Per fess 1st or with a tower of two levels argent doorways and openings gules having to the sides two lions rampant and affrontant [face to face] of the same 2nd vert with an escucheon in fess point azure charged with six bars undy argent.
4) Castille - Écartelé aux 1 et 4 parti de sable et d'or à une fleur-de-lis de l'un en l'autre au 2 parti-engrelé de sable et d'argent au 3 parti-cannelé de sable et d'argent Deux casques le 1er couronné Cimiers 1° la fleur-de-lis entre un vol de sable et d'or 2° deux proboscides d'argent et de sable ch chacune de trois étoiles de l'un à l'autre chaque proboscide ornée dans son embouchure de trois plumes d'autruche de l'un à l'autre. English: Quarterly 1st and 4th per pale sable and or with a fleur de lys counterchanged 2nd per pale engrailed sable and argent 3rd per pale invected sable and argent two helmets the 1st crowned Crests: 1st the fleur de lys between a pair of wings sable and or 2nd two proboscides argent and sable charged each with three etoiles counterchanged each proboscides decorated in its mouthpiece by three ostrich feathers counterchanged.
5) En campo de azur, dos áncoras de oro puestas en faja
6) Según Rietstap - Escudo cuartelado: 1º y 4º, de sable, una cruz trebolada, de oro, y 2º y 3º, de azur, una flor de lis, de oro. Bordura de gules, con ocho aspas, de oro.
7) Otros traen - Escudo cuartelado; 1º y 4º, de gules, un castillo de oro; 2º y 3º de oro, una flor de lis de azur.
8) Otros - Escudo partido; 1º, de gules tres hoces de plata encabadas de oro, puestas en palo; 2º, de plata, cinco flores de lis de azur puestas en sotuer. Bordura de gules, con ocho aspas, de oro.
9) Otros traen - En campo de oro, un árbol de sinople con dos lobos de su color empinados a su tronco. En punta, dos jabalíes de sable, afrontados, comiendo las bellotas que han caído del árbol
10) Otros de Aragón - Escudo cuartelado, 1º y 4º, en campo de azur, cinco hoces de plata y en punta, ondas de agua de azur y plata; 2º y 3º, en campo de gules, un castillo de plata con una caldera de sable colgada de una de sus almenas y acompañada de dos lobos afrontados, también de sable, que beben de ella estando en posición de salto
11) Otros - En campo de azur, un castillo de oro, acostado de una escala también de oro que llega hasta las almenas.
12) Otros traen - En campo de oro, una encina, de sinople, y dos lobos de sable empinados al tronco. En el cantón siniestro del jefe, un águila volante de sable en actitud de posarse sobre la encina.
13) Otros - Escudo partido; 1º de oro, seis roeles puestos en palo, los cinco de abajo, de gules, y el alto de azur, en jefe, tres flores de lis, de plata puestas en faja, y 2º, en azur, un puente, de plata, superado de un castillo de oro
14) Los de Zaragoza - En campo de oro, trece roeles de sable puestos en tres palos; 4, 5, y 4
15) Radicado en Barcelona - En oro, un león rampante, de gules, linguado de lo mismo y coronado de oro
16) Los de Portugal traen - De plata, un cabrío, de gules, acompañado de tres flores de lis, de gules.

Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Salinas Name

This is a popular Spanish habitational name that came to refer to a person who lived in or was from several different towns, villages, etc. named Salinas. These places were named from the plural of the world salina, meaning “saltworks”, a word which in turn ultimately derives from the Latin word salinae, from sal, meaning salt.  Saltworks were building or plants where salt was produced. One source asserts the last name Salinas was first found in Asturias, Spain. Another theory, although not much different from the first, is that the surname Salinas was a corrupted spelling of the surname Saillas, which comes from the Germanic word sal, meaning building.

It must be noted that salt was a very critical food spice during medieval times and the Middle Ages throughout Christendom and Europe because it served as the primary means of preserving meats and other foods, helping to keep food good in hot summer months as there was no mass refrigeration method. According to LordsandLadies.org: “There were two methods of food preservation using salt as a preservative. Dry-salting where the meat or fish was buried in salt and brine-curing where meat was soaked in salt water. Each year households prepared tubs of a thick saline bath and undertook to preserve fresh meats for the coming winter. The problem was that any food preserved in salt had a constant salt taste. Methods were therefore introduced to disguise the salty taste. Spices form the East were added to cooking recipes. These spices included Pepper, Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg, Ginger, Saffron, Cardamom, Coriander, Cumin, Garlic, Turmeric, Mace, Anise, Caraway and Mustard. Food was also served with a variety of sauces which also disguised the salt taste. Salted meats and fish were generally rinsed in several changes of liquid before they were added to a dish”.

Some early settlers in the New World bearing this name include: Francisco de Salinas (San Juan 1533), Rodrigo Salinas (Peru 1534), Geronimo de Salinas (New Granada 1555), Manuel de Salinas (Peru 1591), and Pedro de Salinas (Peru 1594).

The Spanish surname Salinas ranks particularly high in the following countries: United States (490th), Mexico (104th), Spain (320th), Chile (60th), Bolivia (66th), Peru (112th), Colombia (363rd). Philippines (350th), Argentina (135th), Honduras (124th), Ecuador (189th), Nicaragua (132nd), El Salvador (147th), Venezuela (463rd), Panama (290th), Costa Rica (417th), Andorra (195th), Comoros (340th), and Guinea-Bissau (304th). As one can see, the name is popular on nearly every continent in the world and ranks in the top 500 in at least 19 countries.

Some spelling variations include Sallinas, Saliunas, Saliinas, Saulinas, and others.

In the United States, it is most common in the following seven states: Texas (75th), New Mexico (378), California (403rd), Arizona (581st), Idaho (559th) Illinois (636th), and Nevada (771st).

There are numerous notable or famous people who bore this surname, including, but not limited to: 1) Francisco de Salinas (1513-1590) who was a Spanish organist and music theorist who was one of the earliest people to describe meantone temperament in mathematical terms, having been born in Burgos, the historic capital of Castille, 2) Francisco Javier Vidal Salinas who was a Chilean academic and politician who served as Minister of National Defense from 2009-2010, 3) Irvin Salinas (1988), also known as Pee Wee, is an American actor, singer, and songwriter born in Othello, Washington, 4) Yoandris Salnias Luis (1985) who is a Cuban boxer from Ciego de Avila who won a bronze medal in the 2007 Pan American Games in the Flyweight division, 5) Rodrigo Javier Salinas (1986) who is an Argentine football (soccer) player born in La Plata who has plated from 2004-2018 for a variety of different teams including Godoy Cruz and Villa San Carlos, 6) Horacio Salinas Alvarez (1951) who is a Chilean composer and guitarist born in Lautaro, known for a variety of styles including Andean music, world music, contemporary classical, and protest music, 7) Julio Salnias Fernandez (1962) who was a Spanish football (soccer) player who plated professionally from 1981-2000 and for the Spain National team for many years, and 8) José Miguel Insulza Salinas (1943) who served as the 9th Secretary General of the Organization of American States (2005-2015).

Juana Salinas was born in Lorca Spain around 1665 AD. She married Diego de Soto, and had the following children with him: Luis, Catalina, Thomasa, Angel, and Diego.

Jose Salinas was born in 1700 and he married Maria Escobedo. They had a daughter named Catarina who was born in 1730. She married into the Valdez family and had a has a son named Fernando.

Florence Guerra Salinas was born in Texas in 1894. He married Anastacia Pina and had two children with her: Arnulfo Pina Salnias and Maclovia (Ramirez). His son Private Arnulfo Salinas served in World War II and was Killed In Action in Germany. He was born in Woosboro, Refugio, Texas in 1923.

A one Antonia Salinas was born in Guerro, Mexico in 1838. In 1854, she married Pedro Pasqual Hernandez. She had the following children: Pedro, Jesusita, Juan, Anaceleto, Isabel, Adela, Antonia, Martin, Paulina Ana, and Jesus.

Salinas Coat of Arms Meaning

Two of the heraldic symbols depicted within the Salinas family crests are the castle and anchor, each with their own unique meaning dating back to medieval times of prior. Architectural items, from individual components to entire buildings feature frequently as charges in a coat of arms. Not surprisingly, considering the times from which many arms date, fortifications are common. The castle is perhaps second only to the tower in this usage, and often described in some detail as to its construction, the disposition of windows and so on. Continental examples also sometimes include attackers on scaling ladders. Wade tells us that the appearance of a castle indicates “granduer and solidity” and one can understand why.

An anchor is a heavy weight that holds a ship in place. A wide variety of inanimate objects appear in coats of arms, so of them still recognizable today, others now rather obscure. The images used are often simplified and stylized, the anchor is a typical case. For any meaning, we need look no further than a nautical or sea-faring heritage. Indeed, some arms go into great detail of the colours and arrangement of the stock, stem, cables and flutes of the anchor reflecting a detailed knowledge of the form and use of this device. The anchor signifies security, stability, firmness, hope, and tranquility (see Hebrews 6:17 which states “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure”. This symbol was likely awarded or depicted in the arms of sea warriors who accomplished special feats. It can also be a symbol of good luck.

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