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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."

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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.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Archuleta, Arecha, Arechaga, Arechiga, Arechavala, Arechuleta, Areche, Arechea, Arechu and many more.


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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.

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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.


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..

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    1. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
    2. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    6. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
    7. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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