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The distinguished Spanish surname Altamira is of toponymic origin, that is, it belongs to that category of surnames which derive their origin from the name of the place in which the original bearer of the name was born or resided. In this instance, the surname Altamira comes directly from Altamiros or Altamira. The place name Altamiro is formed by the combination of two Spanish words, "alta," meaning "high," and "mira," meaning "view," possibly referring to the high view observed from that topographical point.

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The surname Altamira was first found in various places located in the Spanish provinces of Vizcaya and Caceres.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Altamira, Altamiros, Altamyrano and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Altamira research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1620, 1625 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Altamira History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Altamira 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: Hernando Altamyrano who emigrated to Rio de la Plata in 1535; Hernando Altamirano who arrived in New Spain in 1553; Fransico Altamirano who sailed for Peru in 1569.

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  • Rafael Altamira, Spanish historian and literary critic, born in Alicante in 1866 and who died in Mexico in 1951


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  2. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  4. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  6. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  9. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
  10. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
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