The mountainous borders of Spain
contain the origins of the prestigious surname Zelaia. The original bearer of the name Zelaia, which is a local
surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain
. In Spain
, hereditary surnames
were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local
names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The name Zelaia is a corruption of the surname Salillas, which is derived from the Germanic word "sal," which means "building" and the diminutive ending "illas." The first bearer of this surname inhabited a large building or fortress, which was the most prominent construction of the town.
Early Origins of the Zelaia family
The surname Zelaia was first found in Asturias
, birthplace of the Reconquest.
Early History of the Zelaia family
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Zelaia Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Zelaia family (pre 1700)
Notable bearers of the family name Zelaia were Francisco de Salinas (1513-1590), a Spanish music theorist and organist; seventeenth century poet Juan de Salinas; Alonso Jerónimo de Salas Barbadillo, seventeenth century Spanish playwright and novelist; Don Diego Esteban Gómez de Salinas y Rodríguez de Villarroel (1649-1720), the... Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zelaia Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Zelaia family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alonso de Salas, who sailed to America in 1513; Francisco de Salinas, to San Juan Island in 1533; Beltrán de la Sala, to Peru in 1534; Rodrigo Salinas, to Peru in 1534.