The mountainous borders of Spain
contain the origins of the prestigious surname Alvar. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames
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. 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. The Visigoths
, who ruled Spain
between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries had a profound impact on the development of surnames. The name Alvar is derived from the baptismal name Alvaro. The surname originally referred to one who was faithful and honest.
Early Origins of the Alvar family
The surname Alvar was first found in Castile
, where the name originated in Visigothic
Early History of the Alvar family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alvar research.Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1101, 1662 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Alvar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Alvar Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Alvarez, Albaraz, Alvaroz, Albaroiz, Alvariz, Alvares, Alvar and many more.
Early Notables of the Alvar family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family were Pedro and Garcia Alvarez, knights in the service of King Alfonso VI in 1101; Alfonso Alvarez de Villasandino and Juan Alvarez Gato, fifteenth century poets; Fadrique Alvarez de Toledo, Duke of Alba, who fought for Ferdinand and Isabella during the conquest of Granada; Hernando... Another 66 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Alvar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Alvar family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Alvar Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
- Maria Alvar, who settled in America in 1513
Alvar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Maria Alvar, who landed in America in 1813 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Alvar (post 1700)
- Manuel Alvar, Spanish linguist
The Alvar Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Veritas vincit
Motto Translation: Truth Conquers.