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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.
The surname Arias was first found in Galicia, where the descendants of the Celts and the Swabians were established.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Arias, Arianiz, Areas, Ares, Ariz, Aris and others.
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
- Raymond Arias, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1948
- Miguel A. Arias, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008
- George Arias, American politician, Representative from Texas 24th District, 1998
- Enrique M. Arias, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 2008
- Julián Arévalo Arias, Spanish economist
- Benito Arias (1527-1598), Spanish theologian
- Rándall Row Arias (b. 1971), former Costa Rican footballer
- Luis González Arias, Paraguayan diplomat
- Ricardo M Arias, Panamanian diplomat, politician and businessman
- Roberto E Arias, Panamanian lawyer and diplomat, who married dancer Margot Fonteyn
- Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
- Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
- Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
- Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
- Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
- Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
- Diez, Ma Del Carmen Galbis. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias Durante los siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Archivo General de Indias Sevilla Volume 6. Murcia, Spain: Ministerio de Cultura, 1986. Print.
- Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
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.
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