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The distinguished surname Urias comes from Spain, a country rich in culture and history. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Spain were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. This surname is thought to be derived from the one of personal names Ares, Aria or Arius which were used in the "Romance" countries. Spanish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century and the most common patronymic suffix is "ez". The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. Some names are derived from the saints of the Christian Church, but many Spanish surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin, from when the Visigoths held Spain between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries.


The surname Urias was first found in Galicia, where the descendants of the Celts and the Swabians were established.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Arias, Arianiz, Areas, Ares, Ariz, Aris and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Urias research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1097 and 1611 are included under the topic Early Urias History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Prominent among members of the family were Pedro Arias, thirteenth century Castilian nobleman; Benito Arias Montano, sixteenth century Spanish scholar and translator; Juan Arias de Loyola, sixteenth century...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Urias Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Pedro Arias de Avila, who succeeded Balboa as Governor of Darien (Panama) and founded Panama City in 1519. Hernando Arias de Saavedra, of Spanish descent, often called "the last conquistador," was the first man born in the New World to govern a Spanish territory: he was Governor and Captain-General of the La Plata region in the late 1500s, and he established Paraguay's virtual independence from Spanish administrators in Buenos Aires and Peru. Other settlers include Rodrigo Arias, who arrived in America in 1513.


  • Bryan Urias, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008
  • Jorge Alberto Urias Gaxiola (b. 1992), Mexican footballer
  • Alfonso Quijada Urías (b. 1940), Salvadoran poet and an author
  • Julio César Urías (b. 1996), Mexican Major League Baseball pitcher in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization
  • Carlos Urías (b. 1975), Mexican professional boxer in the Welterweight division
  • Julio César Urías Meda (b. 1972), Guatemalan two-time gold and bronze medalist retired male race walker from the 1990s

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    Other References

    1. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
    2. 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.
    3. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
    4. Diez, Ma Del Carmen Galbis. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias Durante los siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Archivo General de Indias Sevilla Volume 6. Murcia, Spain: Ministerio de Cultura, 1986. Print.
    5. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Urias Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Urias 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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