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Distinguished surnames, such as Orellana, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Orellana, 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. Many Spanish local names reflected Arabic words or place-names, because the Muslim Moors from the 8th to 12th centuries conquered Spain. The Orellana family originally lived in Navarre. The surname Orellana originally derived from Aurelianus which referred to the farm or estate of Aurelius.
The surname Orellana was first found in Navarre, one of the medieval Christian kingdoms of northern Spain.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Arellano, de Arellano, Arellana, de Arellana, Arellanes, Orellano, de Orellano, Orellana, de Orellana and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Orellana research. Another 549 words (39 lines of text) covering the years 1110, 1516, and 1646 are included under the topic Early Orellana History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Orellana Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Orellana Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
Orellana Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Orellana Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Orellana 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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