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

The name Aguiar emerged in the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Aguiar, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. In Spain, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. Many Spanish local names reflect Arabic words or place-names because the Muslim Moors from the 8th to 12th centuries conquered Spain. The Aguiar family originally lived in a region close to an eagles nest. The surname Aguiar originally derived for the Latin word L'Aquillare which referred to a haunt for eagles.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Aguilar, Aguilera, Aguiler, Aguiar, Aquilar and others.

First found in Castile, predominant among the Christian kingdoms of medieval Spain.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aguiar research. Another 245 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1211, 1238, 1252, 1383, 1492, 1545, 1714, 1837 and 1846 are included under the topic Early Aguiar History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 303 words(22 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Aguiar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Catalina de Aguiar, who emigrated to America in 1512

Aguiar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Catalina De Aguiar, who landed in America in 1812
  • Bernardo Eleuterio Aguiar, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1837


  • José Aguiar, Spanish painter
  • Ernani Aguiar (b. 1950), Brazilian composer, choral conductor, and musicologist
  • Bruno Aguiar (b. 1981), Portuguese footballer
  • José Aguiar, Uruguayan historian and geographer
  • Enoch Domingo Aguiar, Argentine lawyer, professor and publicist


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  6. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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  8. 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 Aguiar Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Aguiar 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 9 June 2015 at 08:54.

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