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, although there was a second smaller wave in the late 1940s and 1950s, when Galicians managed to form a small community in Newark.
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, but they may do so temporarily and without being naturalized American. The list below refers to US-born or US citizens of Galician ancestry.
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
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.
1 Poles came to the United States legally as Austrians, Germans, Prussians or Russians throughout the 19th century, because from 1772–1795 till 1918, all Polish lands had been partitioned between imperial Austria, Prussia (a protoplast of Germany) and Russia until Poland regained its sovereignty in the wake of World War I.
2 Russia has most of its territory in Asia, but the vast majority of its population (80%) lives in European Russia, therefore Russia as a whole is included as a European country here.
5 Disputed; Roma have recognized origins and historic ties to Asia (specifically to Northern India), but they experienced at least some distinctive identity development while in diaspora among Europeans.