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Hispanic Connections with Spain, France, and Portugal

Many hispanic names can be traced back to regions in present day Spain, France, and Portugal and are linked with events in New Mexico's history.

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Some of New Mexico's Hispanic Names

ANAYA--Francisco de Anaya Almazan was born in Mexico City, New Spain (Mexico) but his father came from Salamanca, Spain.

ARCHIBEQUE--Jean L'Archeveque was born in 1671 at Bayonne, France. He was killed by Indians.

ARCHULETA--Ascencio de Arechuleta came to New Mexico as a Conquistador with Oľate in 1598. He was born in 1572 in Eibar, Guipuzcoa, Spain.

BARELA--see VARELA

CHAVEZ--Don Pedro Gomez Duran y Chavez came to New Mexico as a Conquistador with Oľate in 1600. Born in 1562, Valverde de Llerena, Spain.

CRUZ--Juan de la Cruz came to New Mexico as a Conquistador with Oľate in 1598. Born in 1566, Barcelona, Cataluľa, Spain.

GARCIA--The most common Spanish name in the world. There were several different Garcias that started families in New Mexico. Among them was Juan Garcia de la Mora who was born around 1700, Villa de Pozuelo de Amalgro, Spain.

GONZALES--Sebastian Gonzales was born in 1592 in Coimbra, Portugal. He died in 1670.

GURULE--Jacques Grolet was born in 1663 at La Rochelle, France.

GUTIERREZ--Juan de Gutierrez Bocanegra came to New Mexico as a Conquistador with Oľate in 1600. Born in 1556, Villanueva de los Infantes, Spain.

JARAMILLO--Jaramillos in New Mexico come from 2 different men: Alonso Varela Jaramillo came to New Mexico as a Conquistador with Oľate in 1598. Born in 1568, Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Jose Jaramillo Negrete came to New Mexico with Don Diego de Vargas in 1693. Born in 1655 in Mexico City, New Spain (Mexico).

LOPEZ--There were several different Lopez men that started families in New Mexico. Among them was Juan Lopez.

MARQUEZ--Geronimo Marquez was born in San Lucar de Barrameda, Spain . He came to New Mexico as a Conquistador with Oľate in 1598.

MIERA--Bernardo Miery y Pacheco was born in 1713 at Valle de Carriedo, Spain. He died in 1785.

MONTOYA--Bartolome Montoya came to New Mexico as a Conquistador with Oľate in 1600. Born in 1572, Cantillana, Spain.

OLGUIN--Juan Lopez-Holguin came to New Mexico as a Conquistador with Oľate in 1600. Born in 1560 at Fuente Ovejuna, Spain.

ROMERO--Bartolome Romero was born in 1563 at Corral de Almaguer, Spain.

VALENCIA--Blas de Valencia was born in Sevilla, Spain in 1580.

VARELA--Varelas and Barelas come from 2 brothers: Alonso Varela Jaramillo and Pedro Varela de Losada. Alonso was born in 1568 and Pedro was born in 1574. Both were born in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Both men came to New Mexico as a Conquistadors with Oľate in 1598.

VIALPANDO--Juan de Villa el Pando was born in Villa de Leon, Spain around 1670.

VIGIL--Juan Montes Vigil was born in Mexico City, New Spain (Mexico) but his father came from Siero, Spain. Juan died in Zacatecas, New Spain (Mexico) in 1682.

These are just a few New Mexico Hispanic names.
There are many more--including yours!


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