Arias History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Arias family

The surname Arias was first found in Galicia, where the descendants of the Celts and the Swabians were established.

Early History of the Arias family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arias research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1097 and 1611 are included under the topic Early Arias History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Arias Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Arias family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family were Pedro Arias, thirteenth century Castilian nobleman; Benito Arias Montano, sixteenth century Spanish scholar and translator; Juan Arias de Loyola, sixteenth century...
Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arias Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Arias World Ranking

In the United States, the name Arias is the 1,228th most popular surname with an estimated 24,870 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Arias is ranked the 8,480th most popular surname with an estimated 500 - 1,000 people with that name. [2] And in South America, the name Arias is the 41st popular surname with an estimated 95 people with that name. [3]


United States Arias migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Arias Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • 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
  • Pedro Arias, who arrived in Florida in 1538
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Arias Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bernardino Arias, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803 [4]
  • Rodrigo Arias, who landed in America in 1813 [4]
  • Pedro Arias, who arrived in America in 1816 [4]
  • Fernand Arias, who arrived in America in 1817 [4]
  • Hernand Arias, who landed in America in 1817 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Arias migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [5]
Arias Settlers in West Indies in the 16th Century
  • Alonso Arias, who arrived in Cuba in 1533
  • Bartolomé Arias, who arrived in the Dominican Republic in 1535

Contemporary Notables of the name Arias (post 1700) +

  • Raymond Arias, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1948 [6]
  • Miguel A. Arias, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008 [6]
  • George Arias, American politician, Representative from Texas 24th District, 1998 [6]
  • Enrique M. Arias, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 2008 [6]
  • 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
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  3. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_common_surnames_in_South_America
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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