Barraza History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The surname Barraza is an occupational name; that is, it is derived from the occupation of the original bearer. In this case, it is derived from the Old French word bar, which means bass; sea bass are a staple fish found in the Mediterranean. Occupational names frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational surnames are called metonymic surnames.
Early Origins of the Barraza family
The surname Barraza was first found in Provence, where the family has held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Barraza family
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Barraza Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Barras, Baras, Barrasse, Baraz, Le Barras, Barace, Le Barace, Barèce and many more.
Early Notables of the Barraza family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Barraza is the 3,341st most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name. 
Barraza migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Barraza Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Petrona Barraza, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Barranquilla, Colombia, in 1916
- Santioago Ernesto Barraza, aged 23, who landed in America from London, England, in 1916
- Victor Barraza, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States, in 1920
- Jose Barraza, aged 25, who landed in America from Valparaiso, Chile, in 1920
- Ruben Barraza, aged 27, who settled in America, in 1923
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Contemporary Notables of the name Barraza (post 1700) +
- Maclovio Barraza, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 1972 
- Ignacio J. Barraza (1969-2007), American politician, Mayor of Nogales, Arizona, 2007; Died in office 2007 
- George Barraza, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 51st District, 2000 
- Aaron Barraza, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 77th District, 2012 
- Julio Eduardo Barraza (b. 1980), Argentine footballer
- Adriana Barraza (b. 1956), Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe Mexican film and television actress and director
- Juan Francisco Barraza Flores (1935-1997), El Salvador footballer
- Eduardo Barraza (b. 1979), Mexican film and television director
- Arturo Armando Molina Barraza, president of El Salvador 1972-77
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The Barraza Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Vaillance de Barras
Motto Translation: Valour of Barras.