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The mountainous borders of Spain contain the origins of the prestigious surname Alfonso. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Spain were patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. 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.

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The surname Alfonso was first found in Leon, where the name originated in Visigothic times.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Alonso, Alfonso, Alefonso, Alifonso, Adefonso, Aldefonso, Adefonso, Afonso and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alfonso research. Another 422 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1155, 1352, and 1519 are included under the topic Early Alfonso History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 79 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Alfonso Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Alfonso Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Sebastian Alfonso, who landed in America in 1812
  • Gonzalo Alfonso, who landed in America in 1813
  • Manuel Alfonso, aged 30, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831
  • Juan Alfonso, aged 21, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1835
  • Lope Alfonso, who landed in Veragua in 1835


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  • María Luisa Vidal Alfonso (b. 1923), Spanish novelist


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  2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  10. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
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The Alfonso Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Alfonso 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.

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