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The distinguished Spanish surname Loyo is of local origin, being one of those surnames based on the name of a place where a man once lived or where he once owned land. During the Middle Ages, feudal lords adopted the name of their estates or lands as a family name, which they then passed on, along with the property, to their sons and heirs.
Early Origins of the Loyo family
The surname Loyo was first found in the mountainous Basque region in the province of Guipúzcoa.
Important Dates for the Loyo family
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Loyo Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Loyola, Loiola, Loila, Lola, Lolita, Loya, Loyo and others.
Early Notables of the Loyo family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of the family name at this time was Ignatius de Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, sainted St. Ignatius. He was born in 1491 in Azpeitia in the Basque region of Spain, grew up in a powerful family, and became an army officer. It was while he lay wounded by a French...
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Migration of the Loyo family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Francisco De Loyola, who came to New Spain in 1567; Isabel de Loyola, who arrived in New Spain in 1570; Hernando De Loya who sailed from Seville to New Spain in 1574.