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

The distinguished surname Arias comes from Spain, a country rich in culture and history. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Spain were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. This surname is thought to be derived from the one of personal names Ares, Aria or Arius which were used in the "Romance" countries. Spanish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century and the most common patronymic suffix is "ez". The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. Some names are derived from the saints of the Christian Church, but many Spanish surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin, from when the Visigoths held Spain between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Arias, Arianiz, Areas, Ares, Ariz, Aris and others.

First found in Galicia, where the descendants of the Celts and the Swabians were established.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arias research. Another 207 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1097 and 1611 are included under the topic Early Arias History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 99 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arias Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Hernando Arias de Saavedra, of Spanish descent, often called "the last conquistador," was the first man born in the New World to govern a Spanish territory: he was Governor and Captain-General of the La Plata region in the late 1500s, and he established Paraguay's virtual independence from Spanish administrators in Buenos Aires and Peru
  • Rodrigo Arias, who arrived in America in 1513
  • Pedro Arias, who arrived in America in 1516
  • Pedro Arias de Avila, who succeeded Balboa as governor of Darien (Panama) and founded Panama City in 1519
  • Alonso Arias, who arrived in Cuba in 1533

Arias Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bernardino Arias, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Rodrigo Arias, who landed in America in 1813
  • Pedro Arias, who arrived in America in 1816
  • Fernand Arias, who arrived in America in 1817
  • Hernand Arias, who landed in America in 1817


  • Julián Arévalo Arias, Spanish economist
  • Benito Arias (1527-1598), Spanish theologian
  • José F Arias, Uruguayan politician
  • Roberto E Arias, Panamanian lawyer and diplomat, who married dancer Margot Fonteyn
  • Ricardo M Arias, Panamanian diplomat, politician and businessman
  • Luis González Arias, Paraguayan diplomat
  • María Velasco y Arias, Argentine writer
  • Rándall Row Arias (b. 1971), former Costa Rican footballer



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The Arias Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Arias 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 8 March 2015 at 19:23.

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