Gracia History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Spain were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Gracia is thought to be a patronymic name formed from a now unknown medieval given name. An older Latin form of the surname was Garsea, but the roots of this name may well pre-date the Latin era and come from the Basque language.

Early Origins of the Gracia family

The surname Gracia was first found in Navarre, where the name is documented in the earliest records.

Important Dates for the Gracia family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gracia research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1134, 1150 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Gracia History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gracia Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Garcia, García, Garsea, Garsía, Garsia, Garcies, Guarsea, Guarseas, Garsías, Garsias, Gassía, Gassia, Garci, Garcés, Garces, Garcíaz, Garciaz, Garséaz, Garseaz, Gasset, Garcet, Gracía, Gracia and many more.

Early Notables of the Gracia family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family were Count García of Navarre (d. 857), García I, king of Leon from 910-914, and García I of Navarre, who ruled 925-970. King García IV ruled Navarre from 1134-1150. Also of note were Gil Garcíez Dazagra, knight of the order of Santiago, Diego García de Paredes and Alvar García de Mendoza, who fought for Ferdinand and Isabella during the conquest...
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Gracia migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gracia Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • F Gracia, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • G D Gracia, aged 25, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1852 [1]
  • Jose Gracia, aged 7, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1852 [1]
  • R D Gracia, aged 16, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1852 [1]
  • Marcelino De Gracia, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1858 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gracia migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Gracia Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. H. Gracia, Australian settler travelling from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia aboard the ship "Blue Jacket" arriving in Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand on 7th February 1862 [2]
  • Mrs. Gracia, Australian settler travelling from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia with 3 children aboard the ship "Blue Jacket" arriving in Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand on 7th February 1862 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gracia (post 1700)

  • Jorge J.E. Gracia (b. 1942), Cuban-born, American in the State University of New York
  • Herminio Concepcion de Gracia, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1956 (alternate), 1960, 1964 [3]
  • Iris Gracia, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1996 [4]
  • Sígfrid Gràcia Royo (1932-2005), Spanish footballer
  • Sancho Gracia (b. 1936), Spanish motion picture and television actor
  • Bosch Josep-Clemente Gràcia (1897-1981), Spanish Catalan footballer
  • Gracia Molina Pick, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996 (alternate), 2004

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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