The noble Spanish surname Riojana, is of toponymic origin, deriving from a place name where the original bearer resided or held land. The surname Riojana thus means "one who hailed from La Rioja."The region of La Rioja takes its name from the river Oja which flows through it. Over time, the Spanish word "rio," or "river," became fused with the name of the river, resulting in Rioja.
Early Origins of the Riojana family
The surname Riojana was first found in the region of La Rioja, in Northern Castile.
Early History of the Riojana family
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Riojana Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Riojana family (pre 1700)
Con la Reconquista guerra con la que los cristianos bajo las órdenes del rey Fernando y la reina Isabel reconquistaron a España y expulsaron a los musulmanes invasores en el año 1492. Dentro de estos... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Riojana Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Riojana family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Bartolome De Rioja who arrived in New Spain
in 1534; Ines De Rioja who came to Florida in 1563; Lope de Rioja who settled in New Granada in 1579 with his wife, Maria de Cespedes, and son, and Diego De La Rioja who settled in Rio de la Plata in 1594..