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

The noble surname Gaona is of Spanish descent, and is believed to be of toponymic origin. Toponymic surnames are those names which derive their origin from a particular place name near which the original bearer lived or held land. Thus, the surname Gaona means one from Gauna/Gaona. The place name Gauna is derived from the contraction of the Basque words "ge-una(tu)" meaning "energetic" or "not tired."


Spelling variations of this family name include: Guana, Gaonas and others.

First found in the district of Vitoria (Alava,) in the Basque Country. The earliest references to the surname Gaona is a record of Casilda de Gaona and Marcos Gaona.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaona research. Another 367 words(26 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gaona History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 21 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gaona Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Gabriel De Gaona who arrived in Peru in 1569
  • Diego De Gaona who came to New Spain in 1590
  • Miguel De Gaona who emigrated to Peru in 1596 with his wife, Maria de Alpedrete de Gaona, and his son


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  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
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The Gaona Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gaona 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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