The distinguished Spanish surname Arechuleta 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 Arechuleta 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 Arechuleta family
The surname Arechuleta 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 Arechuleta 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 Arechuleta family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arechuleta research.Another 57 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1572 and 1598 are included under the topic Early Arechuleta History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Arechuleta Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Archuleta, Arecha, Arechaga, Arechiga, Arechavala, Arechuleta, Areche, Arechea, Arechu and many more.
Early Notables of the Arechuleta 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 Arechuleta Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Arechuleta 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..
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