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

Noble surnames, such as Alatorre, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Alatorre, 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. The Alatorre family originally lived in the place named Torres. There are many towns and villages in Spain that are named Torres, but the most famous are in the provinces of Andalucia, Oviedo in the Principality of Asturias, Burgos in Castilla-Leon, Lerida in Catalonia, Zaragoza in Aragon, and Navarra. The place-name is of Latin origin and it emerged during the Roman occupation of the Iberian Peninsula.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Torres, Torre, de Torres, de las Torres, de la Torre, de Torre, Turre, de Turre and many more.

First found in Castile, where the name originated in Visigothic times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alatorre research. Another 378 words(27 lines of text) covering the year 1630 is included under the topic Early Alatorre History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 97 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Alatorre Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Juan Torres de Vera y Aragón, who settled first in Buenos Aires and later in Asuncion. Other members of the family who were early emigrants to Spain's colonies in the New World included Juan, who emigrated to Chile in 1560.

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The Alatorre Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Alatorre 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 23 September 2010 at 15:40.

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