language. Anaia was a Medieval
meaning "friar or brother." As a surname it signifies "son of Anai," who was the father of the original bearer.
, in the northwest of the Iberian peninsula. Early records show that members of the Anai family were present in Monterroso and Lugo in Galicia, before branching out into
. Evidence shows the surname Anai was in Salamanca, Cuena, Murcia, Málaga and Jaén during the Middle Ages.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Anai research.Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1537, 1625, and 1642 are included under the topic Early Anai History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jeronimo De Anaya who came to New Spain
in 1578; and Beatriz De Anaya who arrived in Peru in 1598. Later settlers included Antonio Anaya, a Spanish soldier, who came to New Orleans in 1829.