The distinguished Spanish surname Arechavaleta is of local
origin, deriving from a geographical or man-made characteristic near which the initial bearer lived or held land. In this case, the surname Arechavaleta comes from the place name Arechavaleta. Derived from the unique Basque
language, Arechavaleta uses the Basque
words "(h)aritz" (oak tree), "zabal" (wide) and "eta" (indicating plurality), which together meaning "wide place where oak trees grow."
Early Origins of the Arechavaleta family
The surname Arechavaleta was first found in Arechavaleta (Spanish form of Arechabaleta,) located in the provinces of Alava and Guipuzcoa in the Basque
Country (North of Spain
and bordering with France). Bearers of the surname Arechavaleta may claim descent from one of the most ancient and noblest lineages of the Basque
country, northern Spain
, with the earliest references to the name dating from the tenth century.
Early History of the Arechavaleta family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arechavaleta research.Another 330 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1572 and 1598 are included under the topic Early Arechavaleta History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Arechavaleta Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Archuleta, Arecha, Arechaga, Arechiga, Arechavala, Arechuleta, Areche, Arechea, Arechu and many more.
Early Notables of the Arechavaleta family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of the family name at this time was Armengoa, captain of the Basques, who fought against the French in the tenth century and, according to tradition, was a... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arechavaleta Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Arechavaleta family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Ortuna De Arechavaleta who emigrated to Peru in 1569 with his wife, Isabel del Rio, and his daughter, Isabel. Among later settlers was Santiago Arechavola who came to New Orleans in 1829 at the age of 35. The $ family is listed among the founding families of New Mexico..