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."
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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.