The surname Apodaca is derived from a place name located in the judicial district of Vitoria, province of Alava, the southernmost of the three
. The place-name in turn, is said to derive from the
word "apo" meaning "bilberry tree" and the locative suffix "-aka" meaning "place of," or "pasture land."
country. They moved early on to Ziriano and Zigoita, in Alava, and to Ugarte, Arratia and Bilbao, in Vizcaya province.
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