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The noble Spanish family name Araja is classified as being of habitation origin, as it is derived from either the location of the place of residence of the initial bearer or from the name of the town or village from whence he hailed. The etymology of this name lies in the Basque term "araia," meaning "flowing valley." Therefore the surname Araja was adopted by those who lived in the town or village of Arraya situated, most likely, in a valley.

Araja Early Origins



The surname Araja was first found in the town of Arraya in the province of Alava, Basque Country. Early records also include a branch of the Araja family whose ancestral seat was located in Ribera de Oveja in the province of Caceres.

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Araja Spelling Variations


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Araja Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Arraya, Araya, Araja, Arrayo, Arrayas and others.

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Araja Early History


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Araja Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Araja research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 184 and 1841 are included under the topic Early Araja History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Araja Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Araja Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Araja Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Maria De Araya who settled in New Spain in 1568; and Jose Araya who arrived in San Francisco in 1851.

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Araja Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
    3. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    6. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
    9. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Araja Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Araja Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 12 June 2014 at 15:32.

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