Alvare History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The mountainous borders of Spain contain the origins of the prestigious surname Alvare. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Spain 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 Alvare is derived from the baptismal name Alvaro. The surname originally referred to one who was faithful and honest.

Early Origins of the Alvare family

The surname Alvare was first found in Castile, where the name originated in Visigothic times.

Early History of the Alvare family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alvare research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1101, 1662 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Alvare History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Alvare Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Alvarez, Albaraz, Alvaroz, Albaroiz, Alvariz, Alvares, Alvar and many more.

Early Notables of the Alvare 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 Alvarez de Toledo, Notary to Ferdinand and Isabella...
Another 58 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Alvare Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Alvare family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Maria Alvar, who came to America in 1513; Alonso Alvarez, who arrived in America in 1528; Juan Alvares, who came to Dominican Republic in 1536; Juana Alvarenga, who arrived in New Spain in 1563.


Contemporary Notables of the name Alvare (post 1700) +

  • Charlie Alvare, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2004 [1]


The Alvare 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.


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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