We are the Aldana family from Nicaragua living in Miami since 1986.We left our home country during the war period that had started in 1978.
To my knowledge, all the Aldanas in Nicaragua share the same genealogical tree.
No doubts that the surname came from Spain. My grandfather's sister told me everything she knew about the origin of our ancestors before she died twenty years ago.
She recalled with a great deal of memory that by the beginning of the nineteen century, two single spanish soldiers -who were brothers- were assigned to post at some part of the northern region of Honduras in Central America.They were the watch guards of a garrison or fortress for many years.
Following the independence of Central America from Spain in 1821, the Aldana brothers decided to move south, abandoned the military uniform and radicated in the northern Nicaragua.After some years, the older brother married and initiated a new family in Ocotal.The Aldana surname did not expand however, because most of the offsprings came up to be women whose name changed upon future marriages.
The younger Aldana moved to the middle of the Nicaraguan territory, into a small village named Matagalpa.He was a hard working fellow who made his living enthusiastically. Soon, he married and gave birth to the Aldanas in Nicaraguas, after procreating male children which is the stem from we were born.
My grandfather's sister said that the Aldana were related somehow to the Maldonados.She had heard of some story about someone called "el Duque de Aldana" who was a close collaborator of the King.At some point the King got involved in a friendly practice of fencing with the Duke where the Duke drew a sharp movement that would've become fatal for the King had it been for real.
Consequently and very excited the King sentenced:From now on you will be "M-aldana-do.
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