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Lopez Coat of Arms
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Origin Displayed: Spanish

Origins Available: Portuguese, Spanish

Spelling variations of this family name include: López, Lopez, Lope, Lobo, Lobato, Lóbez, Lobez and others.

First found in Old Castile in the heart of Spain, where the name originated in Visigothic times.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Among the early explorers of the New World was Francisco López de Gómara, one of Cortés' captains. His histories tell of the discovery of the New World and recount the conquest of Mexico. Other people bearing this name who were early emigrants to Spain's colonies in the New World included Gabriel, who emigrated to Chile in 1560.

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Some noteworthy people of the name Lopez
  • Jennifer Lynn Lopez (b. 1969), American actress, singer, record producer, dancer, television personality, fashion designer and television producer
  • Donald S. Lopez Sr. (1923-2008), former U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force fighter and test pilot and, until his death, the deputy director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
  • Steven López (b. 1978), American 2000 and 2004 Olympic gold medalist in taekwondo
  • Marco Antonio Lopez (b. 1978), American politician and United States Chief of Staff for Customs and Border Protection (2009-)
  • Barry Holstun Lopez (b. 1945), American author, essayist, and fiction writer
  • António López García (b. 1936), Spanish painter and sculptor
  • Feliciano López (b. 1981), Spanish professional tennis player
  • Jesús López Cobos (b. 1940), Spanish conductor
  • Juan López Hita (1944-2014), Spanish professional footballer who played from 1963 to 1979, Member of the Spain National Team (1970-1972)
  • Héctor López (b. 1967), Mexican Olympic boxer

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THE REGIONS OF SPAIN

Aragon


Aragon, which is a region of northeastern Spain in the Iberian peninsula. Aragon has a proud cultural heritage and its own unique language. In 1137, the regions of Aragon and Catalonia united to form the Crown of Aragon, whose illustrious line of kings led the reconquest of the eastern peninsula from the Muslims. The Crown of Aragon extended its Mediterranean empire with the recapture of Mallorca in 1229 and Sicily in 1282 and it remained an important power throughout the Middle Ages. In 1469, King Ferdinand of Aragon married Isabella of Castile and this union brought together the two most powerful kingdoms of Spain to create a united Spanish nation.

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THE MOORS

Following the decline of the Roman Empire, in the 5th century AD, the Visigoths came to control the peninsula. Part of the Visigothic legacy to Spanish civilization was the introduction of the institution of monarchy. Several centuries later, in 711, the Visigothic kingdom in Spain was invaded by Muslims. Aside from a nucleus of resistance which was maintained in the north, the Muslim victory was complete by the year 718.

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SPAIN

Spain, which is presently a state that includes the Balearic and Canary Islands and is in southwestern Europe, was originally settled by the Iberians. In the first millennium BC, the Celts, who were from central Europe, invaded and began to mingle with the native Iberians. Later, Greeks and Carthaginians colonized the coasts; however, they were replaced by the Romans by the 3rd century BC.

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THE VISIGOTHS

In 420, The Visigoths captured Spain from the Vandals and proudly returned it to Rome. Unfortunately, 18 years later the Suevi overran the peninsula.

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