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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.

Rapoza Early Origins



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.

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Rapoza Spelling Variations


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Rapoza Spelling Variations



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

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Rapoza Early History


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Rapoza Early History



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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Rapoza Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rapoza Early Notables (pre 1700)



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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Zúquete, Afonso Eduardo Martins. Armorial Lusitano. Lisboa: Editoria Enciclopédia, 1961. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
    7. Guiseppi, Montague Spencer, edition. Naturalizations of Foreign Protestants in the American and West Indian Colonies. Mancester, England: The Huguenot Soceity of London, 1921. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. Marques A. H. De Oliveira. History of Portugal. New York: Columbia University Press, 1972. Print.
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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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.

    This page was last modified on 23 September 2010 at 15:40.

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