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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Alvarez Name

Surname Name Meaning, Origin, and Etymology
This is a Spanish patronymic surname that derives from either the ancient personal (first) name Alvaro, and hence means son of Alvaro, or it derives from the Arabic word al-Faris, meaning “the knight”. One source states it was originally borne by Visigoths who came from Germany into Spain during Roman times. It derives from the words all (the people) and wer (truth). The use of patronymic (most commonly ez) did not start in Spain until the 800s AD. Once source claims it was first found in Castile.

The personal name Alvaro, a male given name in Spanish, Portugese, and Galician means “guardian” or “truth speaker”. One theory suggests it may also have derived from the Old Norse name Alfar, deriving from the words alf (elf) and arr (warrior).

A Spanish genealogical/heraldry expert states he believes the arms of “Álvarez de Toledo” are the most famous and noble of all the coat of arms for “Álvarez” surname, but there are over 30 different arms with this surname. More can be seen here: http://www.blasonari.net/apellido.php?id=73

Spelling Variations
Some spelling variants and names with similar etymologies include Alvares, Alvaro, Alvardo, Alvar, Alves, Albarez, Albarez, Alvaroz, Alvariz, and Albaroiz.

Popularity & Geographic Distribution
The name is popular in the Hispanic world: it ranks 24th in Mexico, 16th in Spain, 11th in Argentina, 21st in Colombia, 10th in Cuba, and 21st in Venezuela, to name a few.

The name is also found throughout the English speaking world. The name is popular in the United States, where it ranked 132nd in the US Census of 2000. It is interesting to note the spelling variants Alvares ranks much lower, at 8,266th.  It ranks highest in the following four states: Texas, California, Florida, and Arizona. It ranks 2,295th in England and 1,636th in Canada.

Early Bearers of the Surname
The first known bearer was Juan Braba Albarez who was recorded in Nuestra Snora de la Antigua in 1548.

History, Genealogy, and Ancestry
Jose Macias Valdex was born in 1623 in Aguascalientes, Mexico, the son of Alonso Valadez and Ursula Alvarez. He married Cataline de Oran y Vega and had numerous issue with her: Jose, Tomas, Usrula, Marocs, Sebastian, Juan, and Josefa. His mother Ursula was born in 1599.

Pedro Jose Alvarez Tostado was born in 1760 and in 1782 he married Maria Josepfa Dolores Duran. Together they had a daughter named Petra Marcela who was born in 1784 in Huejucar, Mexico. She married Jose Joaquin Delgado and had a daughter named Canuta Delgado who was born in 1810 in Jesus Marica, Nueva Galicia.

Juan Alvarez was born in 1737 in Estas, Spain. He married Maria Rosa Benita Fernandez and they had a son named Francisco. Francisco was born in 1757 and married Maria Bentia and had a son named Antonio who was born in 1777.

Early American and New World Settlers
The give earliest recorded settlers were Anton Alvarez (1512 America), Alonso Alvarez (1528 America), Ana Alvarez (1535 America), Ana Rodriguez (1567 Peru), and Andres Alvarez (1567). A one Antonia Alvarez went to New Orleans, Louisiana in 1779.

Mottoes
The Alvarez family motto is Veritas Vinci, which means “Truth prevails”, or Deo patrum Nostrorum, which means “God our father”.

Grantees
We have 10  coats of arms for the Alvarez surname depicted here. These 10 heraldic blazons are from the famed Dutch genealogist Johann Rietstap’s influential and authoritative work The Armorial General that was published in 1861. The bottom of this page contains the blazons (in the original French and translated in English), and in many instances contains some historical, geographical, and genealogical about where coat of arms was found and who bore it.

Notables
Famous people with this last name include: 1) Gregorio Alvarez (1889-1986) who was an Argentine doctor and historian who specialized in dermatology, 2) Jose Alvarez Cubero (1768-1827) who was a Spanish neoclassical sculptor, 3) Gregorio Conrado Alvarez Armelio (1925-2016) who was a president and dictator of Uruguayan known as “El Goyo”, 4) Luis Walter Alvarez (1911-188) who was an American physicist who was awarded a Noble Prize, and 5) Pedro Alvarez de Toledo y Leiva (1858-1654) who was a Spanish noblemen who became the first Viceroy of Peru and was the 1st Marquis of Mancera.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) Zélande - Échiqueté d'azur et d'argent de cinq tires chacune de trois points Casque couronné Cimier un ange issante couronné d'or les ailes échiquetées d'argent et d'azur tenant une croix latine d'or. English: Checky azure and argent of five rows each of three squares Crowned with a helmet Crest- an angel issuant crowned or the wings checky argent and azure holding a latin cross or.
2) Séville - Parti au 1 d'or à un arbre de sinople et un loup passant de sable brochant sur le pied du fût au 2 échiqueté d'argent et de gueules. English: Per pale First or a tree vert and a wolf passant sable covering the foot of the trunk Second checky argent and gules.
3) Duc de Castro-Enriquez - Castille - (Duc, 28 nov. 1857) - Écartelé au 1 échiqueté d'azur et d'argent de cinq tires chacune de trois points () au 2 d'argent à un lion de gueules et une bordure d'or ch de cinq croix florencées de gueules 1 en chef 1 à chaque flanc et 2 dans les cantons de la pointe (Alonso) au 3 d'argent au lion de gueules couronné d'or adextré d'une colonne d'azur sur son piédestal du même veiné d'or à la bordure de gueules ch de huit fleurs-de-lis d'or (Yañez) au 4 d'azur au lévrier arrêté d'argent colleté d'or bordé et bouclé de gueules (Canton) Sur le tout parti a d'argent à l'aigle de sable b de sinople au senestrochère armé d'argent mouv du flanc tenant un guidon coupé de gueules sur azur et ch d'une étoile (8) d'or brochant sur ce coupé le guidon flottant à senestre et attaché à une lance de tournoi au naturel ( de Villamañan) Supports deux léopards lionnés au naturel Devise VERITAS VINCIT Manteau de gueules doublé d'hermine frangé d'or sommé de la couronne ducale. English: Quarterly 1st checky azure and argent five rows each of three points 2nd argent a lion gules a bordure or charged with five cross fleury gules 1 in chief a in each flank and two in the corners of the base (for Alonso) 3rd argent a lion gules crowned or, to the dexter a column azure on a pedestal of the same veined or a bordure gules charged with eight fleur-de-lys or (for Yañez) 4th azure a greyhound statant argent collared or lead (braid) and buckle gules (for Canton) over the whole shield an escutcheon per pale a: argent an eagle sable b: vert a left arm armoured argent coming from the side holding a banner per fess gules over azure and charged with an etoile of 8 points or covering over the banner flying to the sinister and attached to a tournament lance proper (see Arms of Shakespeare) (for Villamañan) Supporters: two leopard lions (lions with heads affronty - facing the viewer) proper Motto- VERITAS VINCIT Mantling: gules, lined with ermine fringed or surmounted by a ducal crown.
4) (Alvarez-Benavides). Asturies - Parti au 1 reparti d'or à un arbre de sinople et un loup passant de sable brochant sur le pied du fût et d'un échiqueté d'argent et de gueules (Alvarez) au 2 d'argent au lion de gueules chargé de trois fasces d'or (Benavides). English: Per pale 1st per pale or a tree vert and a wolf passant sable covering over the foot of the trunk and checky argent and gules (for Alvarez) 2nd argent a lion gules charged with three bars or (for Benavides).
5) de Abreu - Portugal - D'azur à cinq demi-vols d'or 2 1 et 2 Cimier un vol d'or Supports deux lions d'or couchés et adossés. English: Azure five (single) wings or 2,1 and 2 Crest: a pair of wings or Supporters: two lions or couchant addorsed (sitting, back-to-back).
6) de Bohorques - Castille - Les armes de Bohorques. English: The arms or de Bohorques (not present in this spreadsheet).
7) del Vayo - Royaume de Léon - De gueules à une tour sommée de trois tourelles d'argent accostée de deux lions rampants et affrontés d'or le tout soutenu d'un fascé-ondé d'azur et d'argent de huit pièces à la bordure d'argent ch de six flanchis de gueules 1 en chef 2 à chaque flanc l'un sur l'autre et 1 en pointe. English: Gules a tower triple towered argent surrounded by two lions rampants affrontant or all above (resting on) barry wavy azure and argent of eight pieces a bordure argent charged with six saltires gules 1 in chief 2 in each flank per pale and 1 in base.
8) de Toledo - Espagne - (Ducs de Medina Sidonia, marquis de Villafranca del Vierzo, marquis de los Velez, ducs de Fernandina; grands d'Espagne de 1re classe) - Parti au I écartelé aux 1 et 4 d'or à trois fasces de gueules aux 2 et 3 de sinople à cinq coquilles d'argent 2 1 et 2 (Pimentel) au II coupé au 1 d'or à deux loups passants de gueules l'un sur l'autre (Osorio) au 2 échiqueté d'argent et d'azur de quinze points sept points d'azur et huit points d'argent () Cimier un ange habillé d'une tunique échiquetée d'azur et d'argent ailé d'argent tenant de sa main dextre une épée d'argent garnie d'or et de sa senestre un monde d'argent croisé d'or. English: Per pale I: quarterly 1st & 4th or three bars gules 2nd & 3rd vert five escallops argent 2,1 and 2 (for Pimentel) II: per fess 1st or two wolves passant gules in pale (for Osorio) 2nd checky argent and azure of 15 squares, 7 squares azure and eight squares argent, Crest: an angel dressed in a tunic checky azure and argent winged argent holding in the dexter hand a sword argent hilt and pommell or and in the sinister hand a globe argent surmounted by a cross all or.
9) de Toledo - Duc d'Albe - Castille - Échiqueté d'azur et d'argent de cinq tires chacune de trois points Cimier un ange issant habillé d'un échiqueté d'argent et d'azur ailé et couronné d'or tenant une croix latine du même Devise DEO PATRUM NOSTRORUM. English: Checky azure and argent of five rows each of three squares Crest: an angel issuant dressed checky argent and azure winged and crowned or holding a latin cross of the same Motto- DEO PATRUM NOSTRORUM.
10) de Villamañan - Castille - Parti au 1 d'argent l'aigle de sable au 2 de sinople au senestrochère armé d'argent mouv du flanc tenant au guidon coupé de gueules sur azur et ch d'une étoile (8) d'or brochant sur ce coupé le guidon flottant à senestre et attaché à une lance de tournoi au naturel. English: Per pale 1st argent an eagle sable 2nd vert an armoured left arm argent coming from the flank holding a banner per fess gules over azure and charged with an etoile of 8 points or covering over the banner which is flying to the sinister and attached to tournament lance proper.

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