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Early Origins of the Zavala family

The surname Zavala was first found in Silesia. The surname is a toponym for someone who came from Zawada or Zawady. Both are derived from the "zawada" which means "obstruction", "fortress", "obstacle" or "impediment" as in the toponyms Zawada and Zawady. Today, there are numerous places named Zawada and Zawady throughout modern-day Poland.

Early History of the Zavala family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zavala research. Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zavala History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Zavala Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Zawadsky, Zawadski, Zavadsky, Zawadzki, Zawada, Zawadowski, Zawadowsky, Sawadsky, Sawatsky, Sawatski, Sawatzky, Sawatzki, Zawatsky, Zawatzki and many more.

Zavala Ranking

In the United States, the name Zavala is the 1,565th most popular surname with an estimated 19,896 people with that name. [1]

United States Zavala migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Zavala Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Lorenzo De, Zavala Jr., who arrived in Texas in 1835 [2]
  • Manuel A Zavala, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1852 [2]
  • Pedro Zavala, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1893 [2]
Zavala Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Andela Zavala, aged 10, who landed in America from Wichalkovia, Silesia, in 1906
  • Adela Zavala, aged 35, who settled in America from Lugano, Switerland, in 1910
  • Antonio Zavala, aged 36, who immigrated to the United States, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Zavala (post 1700) +

  • Ernesto Zavala (b. 1972), Mexican-American professional boxer
  • Adina Emilia De Zavala (1861-1955), American teacher, historian and preservationist of Texas history
  • Carlos Zavala, retired Mexican-American soccer midfielder
  • Bishop Gabino Zavala (b. 1951), retired American auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
  • Jimmy 'Z' Zavala, American musician
  • Cedric Bixler Zavala (b. 1974), Grammy Award-winning Mexican-American musician
  • Lorenzo de Zavala (1788-1836), American politician, Delegate to Texas Consultation of 1835 from District of Harrisburg, 1835; Delegate to Texas Republic Republic constitutional convention from District of Harrisburg, 1836 [3]
  • Patricio Alberto Chávez Závala, Ecuadorian diplomat
  • Domingo Felipe Maza Zavala (1922-2010), Venezuelan economist
  • America Vera Zavala (b. 1976), Swedish politician and political writer
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  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 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from on Facebook