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The mountainous borders of Spain contain the origins of the prestigious surname Nava.The original bearer of the name Nava, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. In Spain, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Nava family originally lived in the northern Spanish province of Navarra. The place-name Navarra is derived from the Basque word "nava," or "naba," which means "plain near the mountains."

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The surname Nava was first found in Aragon, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Navarro, Navaro, Navarra, Navarre, Navarrolas and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nava research. Another 490 words (35 lines of text) covering the years 1137, 1148, 1170, 1180, 1229, 1238, 1282, and 1469 are included under the topic Early Nava History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable bearers of the family name Nava were sixteenth century Spanish engineer and officer Pedro Navarro; sixteenth century Spanish dramatist and actor Pedro Navarro; eighteenth century Spanish naval officer Juan José Navarro; Felipe Navarre, eighteenth century Spanish painter; nineteenth...

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nava Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Nava Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Diego Dc Nava, who landed in America in 1817
  • Juan De Nava, who landed in America in 1827
  • Jeronimo De Nava, who arrived in New Spain in 1863
  • Alessandro Nava, aged 27, who settled in America, in 1892
  • Abramo Nava, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
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Nava Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Angela Maria Nava, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Alvarez Nava, aged 43, who emigrated to the United States from Spain, in 1912
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  • Daniel James Nava (b. 1983), American Major League Baseball outfielder with the Boston Red Sox
  • Gregory Nava (b. 1949), American film director, producer and screenplay writer from San Diego
  • Mark Nava, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Pomona, California, 2008
  • Julian Nava (1927-1980), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, 1980-81
  • Bettina Nava, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Arizona, 2008
  • Pedro da Silva Nava (b. 1903), Brazilian writer
  • Jake Nava, English music video and film director from North London
  • Julio Cesar Nava Garcia (b. 1989), Mexican professional footballer
  • Stefano Nava (b. 1969), former Italian defender
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    Other References

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    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    6. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
    7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Diez, Ma Del Carmen Galbis. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias Durante los siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Archivo General de Indias Sevilla Volume 6. Murcia, Spain: Ministerio de Cultura, 1986. Print.
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    The Nava Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nava 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.

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