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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.
The surname Zapata was first found in Castile, whose language and culture would be carried to many countries of the world.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Zapata, Zapato, Zapatero, Zapatera, Sabato, Sabata and many more.
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 and printed products wherever possible.
Notable bearers of the family name Zapata were Luis Zapata, sixteenth century poet, who wrote an epic about the life of King Charles V; sixteenth century writer Rodrigo Zapata y Palafox; Antonio de Zapata...
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zapata Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Zapata Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
Zapata Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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.
This page was last modified on 19 August 2016 at 19:39.