A Spanish word, originally from Latin word contrariaâ€˜ which means surrounding areaâ€™ or â€˜region.â€™ The name comes from Conteraras, a place in the province of Burgos, Spain.
Locations within the United States with high Contreras family names are the southwest border states of New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and California. Only in London, England has the major numbers of Contreras families.
Most Contreras families were farmers and laborers n the 1880s.
Famous: Carlos A. Contreras (Colombian road cyclist), Joseph Contreras (maker of violins, known as 'Granadino'), Rey P. Contreras (sculptor in the Philippines) and Pedro de Alvarado y Contreras (conquistador of Spain).