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The Amados surname is derived from the Latin word "Amatus," meaning "beloved." It is generally thought that the name would have been a nickname
that then became a surname. According to Juan Antonio de Haces Sarmiento, a Chronicler and King-at-Arms of King Phillip V, a Catalonian family of this name are descended from one of the Gothic knights who hid in the mountains of Jaca, Aragon
during the Moorish invasion. This band of brave soldiers elected one Garci Ximenez as their leader, to regain their lost lands. One knight amongst them, Don Alvaro, was said to have shown so much bravery that Garci called him "el Amado" (the beloved). This nickname was then said to have become a surname of his descendants.
Early Origins of the Amados family
The surname Amados was first found in Jaca, in the Pyrenees mountains of Aragon
, where they are said to have descended from a knight, who sought refuge in the area during the Arab invasion. There is an early record of a Ramito Amado in this area. After the reconquest of Valencia
by King Jaime I of Aragon
in the thirteenth century, bearers of the Amados name were amongst the noble families that inherited land in reward for their services. They received lands at Tornilles, and the town of Olleria.
Early History of the Amados family
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Early Notables of the Amados family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Amados family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Juan Amador, who came to the Dominican Republic in 1534; Francisco Amador, who came to Guatemala in 1538; Alonso Amado, and his wife Maria Franc Amado who arrived in Mexico in 1539.