The distinguished surname Zarrate 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 Zarrate family
The surname Zarrate 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 Zarrate family
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Zarrate Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Zarrate 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... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zarrate Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Zarrate family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: 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 came to New Spain