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The ancestors of the Ulloa family migrated to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The surname Ulloa is based on the Norman personal name Hugh. Howlett was a baptismal name which means the son of Hugh. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.

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The surname Ulloa was first found in Yorkshire where Johannes Houlet et uxor ejus and Adam Howlot et Agnes uxor were listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. Roger filius Hulot was also listed in Yorkshire in another early census. [1]

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Ulloa include Howlett, Howlet, Hullett and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ulloa research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ulloa History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Ulloa Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Ulloa family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 41 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Ulloas to arrive on North American shores:

Ulloa Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Nicolas De Ulloa, who arrived in America in 1827
  • Jose Maria Ulloa, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1831
  • Hernando De Ulloa, who arrived in New Spain in 1877
  • Antonio Ulloa, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1881

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  • Pedro Osores de Ulloa (1554-1624), Royal Governor of the Kingdom of Chile
  • Carlos Ramírez Ulloa (1903-1980), Mexican civil engineer
  • Fernando Cepeda Ulloa (b. 1938), Colombian political scientist, professor and diplomat
  • Juan Manuel Bajo Ulloa (b. 1967), Spanish Basque film director
  • Víctor Javier Ulloa Ulloa (b. 1991), Peruvian football goalkeeper
  • Óscar Alejandro Ulloa (b. 1986), Salvadoran football forward
  • Fabio Renan Ulloa (b. 1976), Honduran footballer
  • Francisco de Ulloa (d. 1540), Spanish explorer
  • José Leonardo Ulloa (b. 1986), Argentine footballer
  • Antonio de Ulloa (1716-1795), Spanish general, explorer, author, astronomer, colonial administrator and the first Spanish governor of Louisiana

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  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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