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

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

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.


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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.

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Another 61 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arechavaleta 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: 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 Arechavaleta family is listed among the founding families of New Mexico..

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  2. 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.
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  10. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
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The Arechavaleta Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Arechavaleta 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.

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