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The distinguished surname Urias comes from Spain, a country rich in culture and history. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Spain were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. This surname is thought to be derived from the one of personal names Ares, Aria or Arius which were used in the "Romance" countries. Spanish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century and the most common patronymic suffix is "ez". The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. Some names are derived from the saints of the Christian Church, but many Spanish surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin, from when the Visigoths held Spain between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries.
The surname Urias was first found in Galicia, where the descendants of the Celts and the Swabians were established.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Arias, Arianiz, Areas, Ares, Ariz, Aris and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Urias research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1097 and 1611 are included under the topic Early Urias History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 99 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Urias Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Pedro Arias de Avila, who succeeded Balboa as Governor of Darien (Panama) and founded Panama City in 1519. Hernando Arias de Saavedra, of Spanish descent, often called "the last conquistador," was the first man born in the New World to govern a Spanish territory: he was Governor and Captain-General of the La Plata region in the late 1500s, and he established Paraguay's virtual independence from Spanish administrators in Buenos Aires and Peru. Other settlers include Rodrigo Arias, who arrived in America in 1513.
The Urias Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Urias 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.
This page was last modified on 12 February 2016 at 11:22.