Alvarez History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The mountainous borders of Spain contain the origins of the prestigious surname Alvarez. 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 Alvarez is derived from the baptismal name Alvaro. The surname originally referred to one who was faithful and honest.
Early Origins of the Alvarez family
The surname Alvarez was first found in Castile, where the name originated in Visigothic times.
Early History of the Alvarez family
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Alvarez Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Alvarez, Albaraz, Alvaroz, Albaroiz, Alvariz, Alvares, Alvar and many more.
Early Notables of the Alvarez 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...
Alvarez World Ranking
In the United States, the name Alvarez is the 220th most popular surname with an estimated 119,376 people with that name.  However, in France, the name Alvarez is ranked the 662nd most popular surname with an estimated 7,169 people with that name.  And in South America, the name Alvarez is the 8th popular surname with an estimated 295 people with that name. 
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Alvarez Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
Alvarez Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Alvarez Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Alvarez Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. 
Alvarez Settlers in West Indies in the 16th Century
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.