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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.


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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    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    3. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla, Spain. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Marques A. H. De Oliveira. History of Portugal. New York: Columbia University Press, 1972. Print.
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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