Noble surnames, such as Arocha, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Arocha, which is a local
surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain
. In Spain
, hereditary surnames
were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local
names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. Many Spanish local names reflect Arabic words or place-names because Spain
was conquered by the Muslim Moors
from the 8th to 12th centuries. The Arocha family originally lived beside a body of water.
Early Origins of the Arocha family
The surname Arocha was first found in Castile
, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.
Early History of the Arocha family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arocha research.Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1252, 1498, 1551, 1678, 1646 and 1712 are included under the topic Early Arocha History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Arocha Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Arroyo, de Arroyo, del Arroyo, Arroyos, Arroyal, de Arroyal, Arroyuelo, de Arroyuelo, Arroyuela and many more.
Early Notables of the Arocha family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Diego de Arroyo (1498-1551), Spanish artist who became court painter to King Carlos V, and was best known for his portraits and miniatures; Juan de Arroyo (died 1678), Spanish painter... Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arocha Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Arocha family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Juan Arroyo, who sailed to America in 1512; Gonzalo del Arroyo sailed to America in 1513; Alonso de Arroyuelo sailed to America in 1514; Alonso de Arroyuela sailed to America in 1516.
Contemporary Notables of the name Arocha (post 1700)
- Simon de Arocha (1731-1796), American judge and politician, 38th Mayor of San Antonio (1770 and 1787)
- René Arocha (b. 1966), Cuban-born, American Major League Baseball player who played from 1993 through 1997
- César Ignacio Arocha Masid (b. 1959), Cuban politician, Minister of Transportation (2010-)
- Rubén Darío Arocha Hernández (b. 1987), Venezuelan footballer
- Angel Arocha Guillen (1907-1938), Canary Islands-born, football striker