Zarate History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Zarate is of Spanish origin, derived from the name place where the initial bearer of the name resided. In this instance, the surname is derived from the place-name Zárate, located in the district of Zuya (Victoria) in northern Spain. According to etymologists, the place-name Zárate is derived from the Basque words "zara" meaning "forest" and "at(h)e" meaning "door," thus signifying "opening to the forest."

Early Origins of the Zarate family

The surname Zarate was first found in the northern Basque region of Spain, near the city of Zárate. They began to branch out into other regions of the Iberian peninsula with the Christian Reconquest of Spain from the Muslims. The family established themselves in Vizcaya, Andalusia and Madrid. An early record of the surname is of Juan Ortiz de Zárate, who died in a bloody battle at the river Zadorra in the 14th century. The family was ennobled in the early 17th century when they were made members of the Orders of Santiago, Calatrava and Alcantara.

Early History of the Zarate family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zarate research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1580, 1658 and 1776 are included under the topic Early Zarate History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Zarate Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: zerate, zarrate, zarace and others.

Early Notables of the Zarate family (pre 1700)

Prominent among bearers of the family name at this time was Francisco Lopez de Zarate (1580-1658), a Spanish poet, playwright and writer; Fortun Saenz de Salcedo, who was killed in the battle at the river...
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Zarate Ranking

In the United States, the name Zarate is the 3,427th most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name. [1]

United States Zarate migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Zarate Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Pedro De Zarate who sailed to Peru with his brother Juan in 1553
  • Luis De Zarate who arrived in the Spanish Main in 1575
  • Rodrigo Zarate and Juan De Zarate who settled in New Spain in 1576
  • Francisco De Zarate who also settled in New Spain in 1577
Zarate Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Pedro De Zarate, who arrived in America in 1817 [2]
  • Martin De Zarate, who arrived in America in 1827 [2]
  • Mateo De Zarate, who landed in New Spain in 1863 [2]
  • Luis De Zarate, who landed in Spanish Main in 1875 [2]
  • Rodrigo Zarate, who arrived in New Spain in 1876 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Zarate (post 1700) +

  • Susan C. Zarate, American politician, Representative from New York 11th District, 1982 [3]
  • Oscar Zarate, Argentine comic book artist and illustrator
  • Mauro Matías Zárate (b. 1987), Argentine professional footballer
  • Carlos Zárate (b. 1928), sculptor from Argentina
  • Cristóbal Zárate (1882-1960), novelist and poet from Chile
  • Lucia Zarate (1864-1890), the shortest woman ever recorded
  • Lauro Zarate Alcala (1926-2002), well-known editorial cartoonist and illustrator in the Philippines

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  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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