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The surname Alvarenga is of local origin, that is, it is a surname derived from the place of origin of the initial bearer. In this case, the surname is derived from the place name Alvarenga in Beira, Portugal, where the ancestral seat of this family was found. It is possible that the place name is derived from the same root as the Spanish word "albar," which means "a white hilly area."

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The surname Alvarenga was first found in the district of Alvarenga in the province of Beira in Portugal.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Alvarenga, Albarenga, Alvaringa, De Alvarenga and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alvarenga research. Another 359 words (26 lines of text) covering the year 1503 is included under the topic Early Alvarenga History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is 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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  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla, Spain. Print.
  9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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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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