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The origins the old family name Zapata can be found within medieval Spain. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in Spain, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Spanish names were influenced by the Germanic speaking Visigoths, who conquered Spain from the mid-5th to 8th centuries, and the Arabic and Muslim Moors who conquered the Spanish homeland from the 8th to 12th centuries. Since Spain was periodically dominated by both of these nations in its past, it shared much in common with both the Visigoths and the Muslims in the occupations they described.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Zapata, Zapato, Zapatero, Zapatera, Sabato, Sabata and many more.

First found in Castile, whose language and culture would be carried to many countries of the world.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zapata research. Another 388 words (28 lines of text) covering the year 1217 is included under the topic Early Zapata History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 67 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zapata Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Miguel Zapata came to the Americas in 1512 with his son and one servant
  • Marcucio Zapata sailed to Peru in 1534
  • Juan Zapata de Cárdenas sailed to Peru in 1535
  • Juan Zapata, who sailed to New Spain in 1580

Zapata Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Miguel Zapata, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Marcucio Zapata, who landed in Peru in 1834
  • Juan Zapata, who arrived in New Spain in 1880
  • Mateo Zapata, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1880
  • Feliciano Zapata, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1889


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  • Sylvia Zapata, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 18th District, 1976
  • Louis J. Zapata, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 90th District, 1996
  • Mia Zapata (1965-1993), American rock lead singer for The Gits, lyricist and painter
  • Carmen Margarita Zapata, American artist and producer
  • Carlos Eduardo Zapata, American architect and professor
  • Ariel F Zapata, American producer, reporter and newswriter
  • Julio María Zapata y Rodríguez, Spanish architect
  • Marcos Zapata, Spanish poet and playwright
  • Fausto Zapata Loredo (1940-2014), Mexican lawyer, politician, diplomat, journalist and television presenter, Governor of San Luis Potosí in 1991
  • Emiliano Zapata (1879-1919), leader, and hero, of the agrarian revolt during the Mexican Revolution


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  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Zapata Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Zapata 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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