The Spanish word "Nieto" means "grandson." It originated from a Jewish community initially meaning "favored among the elders." "Nieto" comes from a Jewish community in Spain. The Nieto lineage was a part of the killings of year 1492 in Spain where many Jews were given the option to convert to Catholicism, be killed, or exiled to another nation. It is a part of the History of the Jews in Spain
Before Spain, the Nieto surname came from Jerusalem, stemming from the tribe of Judah. It is a Sephardic Jewish surname, according to many top Jewish genealogy literature pieces, such as the popular "Finding Our Fathers." Sephardic Jews are Spanish Jews. A list can be seen at www.sephardim.com.
Notable people whose surname is Nieto include:
- Angel Nieto (born 1947), Spanish motorcycle racer
- Antonio Jesús López Nieto (born 1958), Spanish soccer referee
- David Nieto (1654–1728), Jewish Hakham in London
- Domingo Nieto (1803–1844), President of Peru
- Fonsi Nieto (born 1978), Spanish motorcycle racer
- Jamie Nieto (born 1976), American high jumper
- Jan Nieto (born 1981), Filipino singer
- Juan José Nieto Gil, (1805–1866), 61st president of Colombia
- Manuel Nieto (1734–1804), soldier in Spanish California
- Miguel Ángel Nieto (born 1986), Spanish soccer player
- Pablo Nieto (born 1980), Spanish motorcycle racer
- Tom Nieto (born 1960), American baseball player and manager
- Rafael Nieto Navia (born 1938), Colombian jurist
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