Famous People From Spain Who Have Carved a Niche for Themselves

Ratnashri Dutta Nov 17, 2018
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Do you know the well-known personalities from Spain? This write-up will give you a list of all the Spaniards who have left a mark on Spanish as well as world history.
There are so many people from Spain who have made a name for themselves in this world. They are one of the main reasons why Spain has become popular. Here's a list of famous Spanish people from various backgrounds.
Spain carved out an important position for itself in the world during the Middle Ages, with all her explorations, discoveries, cultural and religious ideas spreading across the world and various other things. There were also several people who contributed to this growth.

Spanish Explorers

Vasco Nunez de Balboa

Hernan Cortes

  • Juan Sebastian Elcano
  • Francisco Pizarro
  • Gasper de Portola
  • Hernando de Soto
  • Francisco Vasquez de Coronado
  • Salvador Fidalgo
  • Diego de Almagro
  • Juan Bautista de Anza
  • Gabriel de Castilla
  • Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo
  • Fray Tomas de Berlanga

Spanish Entertainers

  • Penelope Cruz
  • Gabino Diego
  • Juan Diego Botto
  • Fernando Fernan Gomez
  • Alfredo Landa
  • Pedro Almodovar (director)
  • Isabel Coixet
  • Victor Erice (director)
  • Julio Medem (director)
  • Santiago Segura (director)
  • Antonio Banderas
  • Fernando Rey
  • Fernando Sancho
  • Paz Vega
  • Elena Anaya
  • Mark Consuelos
  • Iciar Bollain (director)
  • Ana Belen

Spanish Artists, Authors, and Musicians

Miguel de Cervantes (literature)

  • Carlos Pacheco (artist)
  • David Aja (comic artist)
  • Juan Gris (artist)
  • Javier Marias (literature)
  • Jose Zorrilla Moral (poet)
  • Isaac Albeniz (musician)
  • Ignacio Zuloaga (artist)
  • Pablo Picasso (artist)
  • Salvador Dali (artist)
  • Gaspar Sanz (classical musician)
  • Teresa Berganza (opera singer)
  • Miguel Bose (singers)
  • Enrique Iglesias (singer)
  • Joan Manuel Serrat (singer)
  • Gerardo Diego (literature)

Spanish Athletes

  • Carlos Checa (motorsports)
  • Marc Gene (motorsports)
  • Raul Gonzalez (football)
  • Xavi Hernandez (football)
  • Iker Casillas (football)
  • Sergio Garcia (golf)
  • Rafael Nadal (tennis)
  • Carlos Moya (tennis)
  • Fernando Verdasco Carmona (tennis)
  • Galo Blanco (tennis)
  • Oriol Ripol (rugby)
  • Pedro Carrasco (boxing)
  • Federico Martin Bahamontes (cycling)
  • Abraham Olano (cycling)
  • Luis Ocana (cycling)
  • Antonio Diaz Miguel (basketball)
  • Juan Carlos Navarro (basketball)
  • David Villa (football)

Spanish People from Science and Technology

  • Severo Ochoa (doctor and biochemist)
  • Pedro Duque (astronaut)
  • Joan Oro (biochemist)
  • Mateu Orfila (Father of modern toxicology, doctor and chemist)
  • Julio Palacios Martinez (physicist and mathematician)
  • Nicolas Cabrera (physicist)
  • Jose de Acosta (first naturalist and anthropologist)
  • Miguel Servet (scientist, surgeon and humanist)
  • Isaac Peral (engineer and sailor)
  • Leonardo Torres Quevedo (engineer and mathematician)
  • Gregorio Maranon (doctor and researcher)
  • Margarita Salas (biochemist, molecular geneticist as well as researcher)
  • Eduardo Torroja (civil engineer and structural architect)
  • Josep Trueta (doctor)
  • Julio Rey Pastor (mathematician)
  • Wifredo Ricart (engineer and designer)

Spanish People from History and Politics

Isabella Of Castile

  • Ferdinand VII
  • Charles III
  • Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
  • Adolfo Suarez
  • Felipe Gonzalez
  • Joseph Borrell
  • Manuel Azana
  • Philip II
  • Juan Carlos I
  • Charles V
Of course, there are many more names to add to this list, but that would be a HUGE list. There are also some famous Spanish people in America today like the WWE champion, Kane, Enrique Iglesias to name a few. Hope this list was of use to you.