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Where did the Spanish Arceo family come from? What is the Spanish Arceo family crest and coat of arms? When did the Arceo family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Arceo family history?

The Spanish surname Arceo is of toponymic origin, deriving from a place where the initial bearer once resided or held land. In this instance, the root of the surname Arceo is the Spanish "arce," meaning "maple tree," and thus, the name was originally used in feudal times to denote a dweller near a maple tree.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Arce, Arceos, Arceo, Arco and others.

First found in the valley of Mena in the province of Burgos. Although there is evidence that the Arceo family was in other northern Regions of Spain in the early Middle Ages, records show that their ancestral seat was in Villarcayo.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arceo research. Another 149 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1544, 1533, 1635 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Arceo History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 75 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arceo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Juan De Arce who arrived in Dominican Republic with his wife Maria de Aguilar de Arce in 1565; Pedro De Arceo who arrived in his family in Espanola in 1577.

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  • Pablo Arceo (b. 1937), teacher in the Philippines
  • Liwaway Ablaza Arceo (b. 1924), novelist from the Philippines


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The Arceo Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Arceo 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 14 January 2014 at 15:16.

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