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The surname Tafoya comes from the place name Tafalla, a town in the Basque region.

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The surname Tafoya was first found in the region of Navarre.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Tafalla, Tafolla, Tafala, Tafallo, Tafoya and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tafoya research. Another 401 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1533, 1679, and 1758 are included under the topic Early Tafoya History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Tafoya 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 or some of its variants were: Victorian Tafalla, who settled in Peru in 1592; and Domingo Tafallo, who landed in the Philippines in 1594. Some emigrants, who had been residents of Tafalla, Spain, founded and populated the city of Tafalla in the state of Michoacan, Mexico..

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  • Thomas Tafoya, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 2008
  • Charles E. Tafoya, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Saginaw County 1st District, 1952
  • Michael Anthony Tafoya (b. 1954), American professional lead guitarist and two time Epic Records recording artist
  • Arthur Nicholas Tafoya (b. 1933), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Joseph Peter Tafoya (b. 1978), former American football player in the NFL
  • Michele Tafoya (b. 1964), American sportscaster
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    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    4. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    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. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
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