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The original bearer of the name Vargas, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. In Spain, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The name Vargas is a topographical name that was originally derived from the Spanish word varga, which is a dialectical word used in the northern part of the Iberian Peninsula for hut, slope or a fenced pasture land which becomes waterlogged in winter.

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The surname Vargas was first found in Cantabria, in north-central Spain.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Vargas, Varga and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vargas research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1606, 1656, 1643, 1704, 1691, 1697, 1697 and 1703 are included under the topic Early Vargas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prominent among members of the family was Garci de Vargas, legendary 13th century knight of the Reconquest, who accompanied King Ferdinand III during the taking of Seville; Francisco Vargas, advisor to Queen Isabella; Luis de Vargas, 16th century Spanish painter; Urban de Vargas (1606-1656), a Spanish baroque composer; Francisco Vargas Mejía...

Another 64 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vargas 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:

Vargas Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • Fabián Vargas, who emigrated to Peru in 1560
  • María Vargas, to Hispaniola in 1562
  • Juan Vargas, to Peru in 1563
  • Francisco Vargas, to Hispaniola in 1563
  • Catalina Vargas, to Peru in 1565
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Vargas Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Diego Vargas Zapata, Governor and Captain-General of New Mexico during the latter part of the seventeenth century

Vargas Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hernando De Vargas, who landed in America in 1811
  • Llorente De Vargas, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Agustin De Vargas, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Cristobal De Vargas, who landed in America in 1812
  • Martin De Vargas, who landed in America in 1814
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  • Juan C. Vargas (b. 1961), former member of the California State Assembly
  • Oscar F. Vargas, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Arizona State Senate 18th District 1998
  • Juan Vargas, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2004
  • Heriberto Vargas, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1988, 1996, 2000 (alternate)
  • Grace Vargas, American politician, Mayor of Rialto, California; Elected 2008
  • Francisca D. Vargas, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988
  • Carol Vargas, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Delaware, 1996
  • Bolgen Vargas, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1996, 2000
  • Blanca Vargas, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 2004
  • April Vargas, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2004, 2008
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    Other References

    1. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
    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. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    5. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
    6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
    7. 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).
    8. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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