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Where did the Spanish Alfonso family come from? What is the Spanish Alfonso family crest and coat of arms? When did the Alfonso family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Alfonso family history?

The mountainous borders of Spain contain the origins of the prestigious surname Alfonso. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Spain were patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Spanish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century and the most common patronymic suffix is ez. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. Some names are derived from the saints of the Christian Church, but many Spanish surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Alonso, Alfonso, Alefonso, Alifonso, Adefonso, Aldefonso, Adefonso, Afonso and many more.

First found in Leon, where the name originated in Visigothic times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alfonso research. Another 422 words(30 lines of text) covering the years 1155, 1352, and 1519 are included under the topic Early Alfonso History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 79 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Alfonso Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Alfonso Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Sebastian Alfonso, who landed in America in 1812
  • Gonzalo Alfonso, who landed in America in 1813
  • Manuel Alfonso, aged 30, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831
  • Juan Alfonso, aged 21, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1835
  • Lope Alfonso, who landed in Veragua in 1835


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  • María Luisa Vidal Alfonso (b. 1923), Spanish novelist


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  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
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The Alfonso Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Alfonso Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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