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

Noble surnames, such as Galarza, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Galarza, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. In Spain, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. Galarza is a habitation name, which is a type of local surname that is derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gallego, Gallegos and others.

First found in Galicia, in the northwestern region of the Iberian peninsula.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Galarza research. Another 171 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1274, 1440 and 1507 are included under the topic Early Galarza History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 95 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Galarza Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Pedro Gallegos, one of the conquistadors of New Granada. He founded the city of San Bonifacio de Ibagué in 1550. Other migrants included Alonso Gallego, who sailed to America in 1512.

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  • Ernesto Galarza (1905-1984), Mexican-American labor activist, professor, poet and writer
  • Marcos Adrián Galarza (b. 1984), Argentine football defender
  • Mariano Galarza (b. 1986), Argentine rugby union player
  • Sergio Daniel Galarza Soliz (b. 1975), Bolivian football goalkeeper


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  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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  5. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Galarza Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Galarza 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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