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The noble Spanish surname Roa is toponymic in origin, based on the name of the place where the initial bearer once resided or held land. The surname Roa is taken directly from the Spanish word "rueda," derived from the Latin "rota," meaning literally "arched wood that forms a bow." The word in Catalan is "roda," also meaning "wheel."

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The surname Roa was first found in the mountains of Burgos, in the northern regions of the Iberian peninsula. Early records of the name Roa show that Francisco de Perellos, Carmalengo del Rey, was granted the noble title of Viscount of Rueda by Pedro IV de Aragon in 1366.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Roda, Rota, Roa, Ruedas and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roa research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1505 and 1565 are included under the topic Early Roa History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 nombres de familias se...

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Roa Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Roa Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francisco De Roa, who landed in Espanola in 1812
  • Pedro De Roa, who landed in America in 1814
  • Trinidad Roa, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1826
  • Miguel De Roa, who arrived in Nicaragua in 1834
  • Diego Roa, who arrived in New Spain in 1875
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  • Joseph Rodger "Joe" Roa (b. 1971), nicknamed "The Roa Constrictor", American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher who played from 1995 to 2004
  • Raúl Roa García (1907-1982), Cuban intellectual, politician and diplomat
  • Carlos Ángel Roa (b. 1969), retired Argentine footballer
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    1. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
    4. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
    5. 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.
    6. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
    7. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
    8. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
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    The Roa Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Roa 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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