The noble Spanish family name Platas 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 Platas 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 Platas 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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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Miguel De La Plata who arrived in New Spain
in 1562; Maria De La Plata who settled in Peru in 1595; and Isabel De La Plata who settled in New Spain
in 1599. Later settlers included Serapio DeLa Plata who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1841.