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

Noble surnames, such as Ayala, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Ayala, 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 Ayala family originally derived its name from the name of the province of Ayala in Vascongadas.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Ayala, Ayalla, Aya and others.

First found in the Basque region of north central Spain.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ayala research. Another 327 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1353, 1332, 1407, 1332, 1407, 1555 and 1837 are included under the topic Early Ayala History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 207 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ayala Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Diego de Ayala, who emigrated to America in 1510
  • Pedro de Ayala, came to America in 1512
  • Alonso de Ayala, came to America in 1513
  • Pedro de Ayala, went to Peru in 1534
  • Isabel de Ayala, went to Peru in 1560

Ayala Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Captain Juan de Ayala y Escobar of Cordoba became Governor and Captain-General of Florida in the 1670s. He eventually settled in Cuba and established a distinguished branch of the family in Havana


  • Francisco José Ayala (b. 1934), American professor of genetics, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Arthur Angel Ayala, American photographer
  • Antonio Ayala Jr. (1963-2015), American light middleweight boxer who compiled a record of 22 wins and no losses, with 19 knockouts
  • Francisco Ayala (1906-2009), Spanish novelist and essayist
  • Inés Ayala Sender (b. 1957), Spanish politician and Member of the European Parliament
  • Juan Contreras y López de Ayala, Spanish art historian and poet, Marquis of Lozoya
  • Eusebio Ayala (1875-1942), President of Paraguay from 1921 to 1923
  • Rubén Hugo Ayala Zanabria (b. 1950), former Argentine footballer
  • Jaime Zobel de Ayala (b. 1934), prominent Filipino businessman and photographer
  • Víctor Rangel Ayala (b. 1957), retired Mexican footballer



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  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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  9. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Ayala Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ayala 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 13 May 2015 at 13:53.

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