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The noble Portuguese surname Rapoza is of nickname origin, as it is derived from a physical or personal characteristic of the original bearer. In this instance, the surname Rapoza comes directly from the Portuguese word "Rapoza," translated as "male fox" and in turn derived from the Portuguese "raboso" meaning "tail," with reference to the beautiful furry tail of that animal.

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The surname Rapoza was first found in the regions of Portugal. The Rapoza family were descended from the barons of Meneses and prospered throughout the Middle Ages.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Raposos, Raposa, Raposas, Rapoza, Rapozo and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rapoza research. Another 325 words (23 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rapoza History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rapoza 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: Alvaro Raposo who settled in Dominican Republic in 1513; Gaspar Raposo who arrived in Florida with his brother Simon in 1563; Manuel Raposo who settled in Puerto Rico in 1860.

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  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Rapoza Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rapoza 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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