Show ContentsAnaya History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Anaya has its origins in Spain, and is derived from the ancient Basque language. Anaia was a Medieval Basque personal name meaning "friar or brother." As a surname it signifies "son of Anai," who was the father of the original bearer.

Early Origins of the Anaya family

The surname Anaya was first found in the region of Galicia, in the northwest of the Iberian peninsula. Early records show that members of the Anaya family were present in Monterroso and Lugo in Galicia, before branching out into Castile, and the Southern Regions of Spain. Evidence shows the surname Anaya was in Salamanca, Cuena, Murcia, Málaga and Jaén during the Middle Ages.

Early History of the Anaya family

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Anaya Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: anaia, anai, anayas and others.

Early Notables of the Anaya family (pre 1700)

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Anaya Ranking

In the United States, the name Anaya is the 1,714th most popular surname with an estimated 17,409 people with that name. [1]

United States Anaya migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Anaya Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Melchor De Anaya, who landed in America in 1827 [2]
Anaya Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Antonio Anaya, aged 45, who landed in America from Salamanca, Spain, in 1917
  • Sebastian Anaya, aged 36, who settled in America from Salamanca, Spain, in 1917
  • Leonor Anaya, aged 8, who immigrated to the United States from Mexico, Mexico, in 1923
  • Ricardo Anaya, aged 29, who landed in America from Mexico, Mexico, in 1923

Contemporary Notables of the name Anaya (post 1700) +

  • Yano Anaya (b. 1972), American former child actor
  • Toney Anaya (1941-1983), American Democratic politician, 26th Governor of New Mexico (1983-1987)
  • Rudolfo Anaya (b. 1937), American author, best known for his 1972 novel Bless Me, Ultima
  • Elena Anaya (b. 1975), Spanish Goya Award winning actress
  • Romeo Anaya (1946-2015), Mexican boxer in the Super Bantamweight division, WBA World Bantamweight Champion in 1973
  • Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya (1894-1975), Mexican restaurateur credited as the inventor of nachos
  • Pedro Bernardino María de Anaya (1795-1854), Mexican military officer who served twice as interim president of Mexico from 1847 to 1848
  • Admiral Jorge Isaac Anaya (1926-2008), former Commander-in-Chief of the Argentine Navy
  • Luis Alonso Anaya Merino (b. 1981), Salvadoran professional football player
  • Alfredo Anaya Gudiño (b. 1950), Mexican politician, Deputy of the LXII Legislature of the Mexican Congress

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  2. 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) on Facebook