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 Aya family originally derived its name from the name of the province of Ayala in Vascongadas.
Early Origins of the Aya family
Basque region of north central Spain.
Early History of the Aya family
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Aya Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Ayala, Ayalla, Aya and others.
Early Notables of the Aya family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family Don Pero (Pedro) López de Ayala (1332-1407), a Castilian statesman, historian, poet, chronicler, chancellor, and courtier, remembered for his satirical and didactic Libro Rimado de Palacio; were sixteenth century Navarrese nobleman Juan de Ayala; Matías de Ayala, made a Knight of the Order of St...
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Migration of the Aya family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Diego de Ayala, who emigrated to America in 1510; Pedro, in 1512; Alonso, in 1513; Pedro, to Peru in 1534; Isabel, to Peru in 1560; Juana, to New Spain in 1576.
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