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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.

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The surname Ayala was first found in the Basque region of north central Spain.

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


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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.

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

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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

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  • Marco Rizo Ayala (1920-1998), Cuban-born pianist, composer, and arranger, best known as the pianist, arranger and orchestrator for the American television sitcom I Love Lucy
  • Sonia Ayala, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2004, 2008
  • Sal Ayala, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2012
  • Phillip Ayala, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1972
  • Kay Ayala, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Pleasanton, California, 2004
  • Juan Ayala, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2004
  • Antonio Ayala Jr. (1963-2015), American light middleweight boxer who compiled a record of 22 wins and no losses, with 19 knockouts
  • Arthur Angel Ayala, American photographer
  • Francisco José Ayala (b. 1934), American professor of genetics, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Juan Contreras y López de Ayala, Spanish art historian and poet, Marquis of Lozoya

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  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
  10. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. 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.

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