The noble Spanish family name Plata is classified as being of habitation origin. In some instances, a habitation name refers to a residence which was distinguished by a sign or engraving usually displayed over the door. The name Plata is derived from the term "plata," the feminine form of the Latin term "plattus," which in Old Latin appears as "lamina," "thin plate or sheet."
The surname Plata was first found in the province of La Rioja in the northern region of thr Iberian peninsula. One of the earliest references to this name is a record of Antonio Plata, who entered the Infantry Regiment of the Royal Army in the year 1817.
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