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

The noble Spanish surname Roa is toponymic in origin, based on the name of the place where the initial bearer once resided or held land. The surname Roa is taken directly from the Spanish word "rueda," derived from the Latin "rota," meaning literally "arched wood that forms a bow." The word in Catalan is "roda," also meaning "wheel."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Roda, Rota, Roa, Ruedas and others.

First found in the mountains of Burgos, in the northern regions of the Iberian peninsula. Early records of the name Roa show that Francisco de Perellos, Carmalengo del Rey, was granted the noble title of Viscount of Rueda by Pedro IV de Aragon in 1366.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roa research. Another 231 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1505 and 1565 are included under the topic Early Roa History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 67 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Roa Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Roa Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Francisco De Roa, who landed in Espanola in 1812
  • Pedro De Roa, who landed in America in 1814
  • Trinidad Roa, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1826
  • Miguel De Roa, who arrived in Nicaragua in 1834
  • Diego Roa, who arrived in New Spain in 1875


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  • Carlos Ángel Roa (b. 1969), retired Argentine footballer
  • Raúl Roa García (1907-1982), Cuban intellectual, politician and diplomat


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  7. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
  8. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
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The Roa Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Roa 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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