Gaona History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The noble surname Gaona is of Spanish descent, and is believed to be of toponymic origin. Toponymic surnames are those names which derive their origin from a particular place name near which the original bearer lived or held land. Thus, the surname Gaona means one from Gauna/Gaona. The place name Gauna is derived from the contraction of the Basque words "ge-una(tu)" meaning "energetic" or "not tired."

Early Origins of the Gaona family

The surname Gaona was first found in the district of Vitoria (Alava,) in the Basque Country. The earliest references to the surname Gaona is a record of Casilda de Gaona and Marcos Gaona.

Early History of the Gaona family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaona research. Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1507, 1560 and 1538 are included under the topic Early Gaona History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gaona Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Guana, Gaonas and others.

Early Notables of the Gaona family (pre 1700)

Prominent among bearers of the family name at this time was Fray Juan de Gaona (1507-1560), a Franciscan friar, born in Burgos Spain, he studied at the University of Paris...
Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gaona Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Gaona migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gaona Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Gabriel De Gaona who arrived in Peru in 1569
  • Diego De Gaona who settled in New Spain in 1590
  • Miguel De Gaona who immigrated to Peru in 1596 with his wife, Maria de Alpedrete de Gaona, and his son

Contemporary Notables of the name Gaona (post 1700) +

  • Antonio Gaona (1793-1848), Mexican general who served under Mexican President Antonio López de Santa Anna during the Texas revolution and Mexican–American War
  • Nadia Gaona, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2008 [1]
  • Octavio Gaona (1907-1996), Mexican professional wrestler
  • Julio César Gaona (b. 1973), Argentine footballer
  • José Julio Gaona (b. 1943), Mexican painter
  • Álvaro Gaona (b. 1985), Mexican boxer, current WBC FECARBOX Middleweight Champion
  • Gustavo Gaona Salazar (1896-1966), Mexican lawyer who was influential within his community


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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