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

The surname Tafoya comes from the place name Tafalla, a town in the Basque region.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Tafalla, Tafolla, Tafala, Tafallo, Tafoya and others.

First found in the region of Navarre.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tafoya research. Another 401 words(29 lines of text) covering the years 1533, 1679, and 1758 are included under the topic Early Tafoya History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Tafoya 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: Victorian Tafalla, who settled in Peru in 1592; and Domingo Tafallo, who landed in the Philippines in 1594. Some emigrants, who had been residents of Tafalla, Spain, founded and populated the city of Tafalla in the state of Michoacan, Mexico..

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  • Michele Tafoya (b. 1964), American sportscaster
  • Joseph Peter Tafoya (b. 1978), former American football player in the NFL
  • Arthur Nicholas Tafoya (b. 1933), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Michael Anthony Tafoya (b. 1954), American professional lead guitarist and two time Epic Records recording artist


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