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Where did the Spanish Rubalcava family come from? What is the Spanish Rubalcava family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rubalcava family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rubalcava family history?

The Spanish surname Rubalcava is of local origin, being derived from the name of the place of residence of the initial bearer. In this instance, the surname would appear to be derived from a pseudo translation of the Arabic term "Rub al Khali" which means literally "the empty quarter." There is little doubt that this place-name was first introduced into Spain during the Moorish conquest when Tarik the Moorish leader crossed into Gibraltar in the year 711.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Rubalcava, Ruvalcava, Ruvalcaba and others.

First found in the Castilian province of Santander.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rubalcava research. Another 223 words(16 lines of text) covering the year 1878 is included under the topic Early Rubalcava History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 51 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rubalcava Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rubalcava Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Ygnaeio Rubalcava, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Miscsa, Mexico, in 1913
  • Jose Rubalcava, aged 31, who landed in America from Mexico, Mexico, in 1922

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  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Rubalcava Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rubalcava 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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