Show ContentsArana History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Arana family originally lived in the area of Aragon. Noble surnames, such as Arana, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Arana, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. In Spain, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. Many Spanish local names reflect Arabic words or place-names because the Muslim Moors from the 8th to 12th centuries conquered Spain. The Arana family derived it name from the place-name Aragon. Aragon was one of the ancient kingdoms of Spain.

Early Origins of the Arana family

The surname Arana was first found in Aragon, in northeastern Spain.

Early History of the Arana family

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Arana Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Aragón, Aragon, de Aragón, de Aragon, Aragonés and many more.

Early Notables of the Arana family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family 15th century writer Enrique de Aragón, Marquis of Villena; 15th century politician and military officer Alonso de Aragón y Escobar, son of King John II of Aragon and his consort; Francisco de Borja y Aragon, prince of Squillace(1581-1658), a Spanish writer, official in the court of King Philip III of Spain (1615-1621), viceroy of...
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Arana Ranking

In the United States, the name Arana is the 6,826th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

United States Arana migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Arana Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Catalina De Arana, who arrived in America in 1812 [2]
  • Juan De Arana, who arrived in America in 1826 [2]
  • Desirito Arana, aged 38, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829 [2]
  • P Arana, aged 51, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831 [2]
  • F T Arana, aged 20, who landed in Key West, Fla in 1837 [2]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Arana (post 1700) +

  • Sabino Policarpo Arana Goiri (1865-1903), Spanish-Basque writer, founder of the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV) and father of Basque nationalism
  • Manuel Jesús Arana Rodríguez (b. 1984), Spanish professional footballer
  • Alfredo Calderón y Arana, Spanish journalist
  • Hugo Arana (1943-2020), Argentine film, television, and theatre actor
  • Diego Jacinto Agustín Barros Arana (1830-1907), Chilean professor, legislator, minister and diplomat
  • Carlos Arana Castaneda (1925-1998), Peruvian author on Mesoamerican shamanism

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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