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Where did the Spanish Guajardo family come from? What is the Spanish Guajardo family crest and coat of arms? When did the Guajardo family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Guajardo family history?

The distinguished Spanish surname Guajardo is of toponymic origin, being derived from the place where the original bearer lived or held land. In this instance the surname Guajardo is derived from the place name Guajar. "Guajar" is derived from the Arabic word "w zar" which denotes an "inaccessable mountain" or "refuge." This derivation of the place name "Guajar" is not unusual, since it was in southern Spain that the Arab influence on the Spanish language and culture was most profound.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Guajardo-Fajardo, Guajardos, Guajarda, Gujarda and others.

First found in Guajar, the name of three municipalities in the province of Granada, located in southern Spain. Early evidence suggests that the origins of the name come from a knight named Don Pedro Guajardo-Fajardo from the house of Santa María de Ortigueria in Galicia, who went on the conquest of Cordoba, and consequently established a house there.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Guajardo research. Another 75 words(5 lines of text) covering the years 1641 and 1882 are included under the topic Early Guajardo History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 36 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Guajardo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Antonio Guajardo who voyaged to American in 1540; Francisco Guajardo who came to New Spain in 1580; Bernardo Guajardo who sailed for Peru in 1592; and Santiago Guajardo who settled in Texas at the age of 26..

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  • Alberto Guajardo (b. 1868), Mexican politician
  • Manuel "René" Guajardo Mejorado (1933-1992), Mexican professional wrestler
  • Roberto Guajardo Suárez (1918-2008), Mexican lawyer, the second Director-General of the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education
  • Jorge Eugenio Guajardo Gonzalez, Mexican politician and diplomat from Nuevo León


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The Guajardo Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Guajardo Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 10 January 2015 at 09:32.

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