Spain. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in Spain, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. During the Middle Ages, many people, such as the Espeja family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Espeja was an occupational name for a person who made or sold mirrors. This Spanish name was recorded in medieval documents in its Latin form, Speculum, which means to look or to see.
Early Origins of the Espeja family
Aragon, in northeastern Spain.
Early History of the Espeja family
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Espeja Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Espejo, del Espejo, Espeja, de Espeja, Espexo and many more.
Early Notables of the Espeja family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Espeja family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Juan del Espexo, who sailed to Hispaniola in 1538. An early explorer of the New World was Antonio de Espejo, who voyaged to New Spain in 1571 with the expedition of Pedro Moya de Contreras. In 1581-82 Antonio led an expedition to explore the territory that is today New Mexico. Later migrants included Juan de Dios Espejo, who sailed to Puerto Rico in 1851.
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