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

The mountainous borders of Spain contain the origins of the prestigious surname Alvarenga. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Spain were the 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. The Visigoths, who ruled Spain between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries had a profound impact on the development of surnames. The name Alvarenga is derived from the baptismal name Alvaro. The surname originally referred to one who was faithful and honest.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Alvarez, Albaraz, Alvaroz, Albaroiz, Alvariz, Alvares, Alvar and many more.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alvarenga research. Another 227 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1101, 1662 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Alvarenga History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 221 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Alvarenga Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Juana Alvarenga, who arrived in New Spain in 1563

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  • Lucas José de Alvarenga (d. 1841), Brazilian poet born in Minas Geraes


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Veritas vincit
Motto Translation: Truth Conquers.

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The Alvarenga Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Alvarenga 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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