Yes,I have also read that the northern mountainous area (mainly Asturias) was free on Moorish domination and thats where the Christians began their reconquista. I always thought that was interesting given the Moors' ability to dominate the rest of Spain.
What's your view on the two sites provided in the first posting that state the likely Moorish origins of the name?
One was taken from the "Account Books of Isabel la Catolica (1477-1504, mostly 1483-1504)" and says
"Some of the following names are Arabic names transliterated or translated into Spanish; others are plain Spanish names, perhaps representing converted Moslems or Moslems who have simply adopted Spanish naming customs."
The other was taken from a service that may or may not be credible.
I can understand that geneology needs hard evidence to be accurate, but in some cases it would seem there are circumstances where noneis available or convincing enough, and where we get into the murkier waters of non-slam dunk evidence.
If we went by birth/death/marriage/baptismal paper evidence alone and didn't give consideration to other circumstantial possibilites (like lingusitics, historical events, proxitiy of other cultures), we could likewise say that while American blacks are born in America, have British names, have white American ancestors, and speak english--but have no birth, death, or marriage certificates from Africa, we must therefore assume their origins are mainly from Britain.
We don't of course, because we know they were conquered and have other historical sources to consider: slave ship documents (with no "African birth names" though), oral narratives, etc.
The evidence from Mexico, and previosuly, Spain is obvious and concrete. But I can understand why a "Moorish" descendent withan Arabic surname would change it to sound more Spanish, especially when he's living with people who resent that Arabic presence and fought like crazy to get them out of the country. Changing names to fit in happened to some degree with some eastern European immigrants to America.
Most history books on Spain also mention Moslem leaders who are the offspring of concubines and slaves who were Basque, Frankish, etc. Clearly, there was plenty of intermixing.
So it makes me wonder if we should declare, "case closed, it comes from Spain, and Spain only" so easily.