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de Necochea - Family History

Updated May 6, 2007

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"Nekotxea," in the Basque language: the house of Neko (or Eneco).

Welcome to the de Necochea Family History home page. Anyone with the last name Nekotxea, Necochea or de Necochea, is a descendant of the house of Neco. The family history is traced back to Martin de Necochea, who lived in the 1600's in the small Basque village of Urzainki, in the Valle Roncal, (Pyrennes Mountains). The Necochea ancestral home, made of stone, still exists, located on the side of a hill overlooking Urzainki, a medieval looking town of approximately 20 stone houses, a church, hermitage and narrow cobble stones pathways. The ancestral home is adorned with a large stone carved family crest. By permission of the king of Spain, the center of the crest is adorned with an arm grasping a sword, in honor of Raimundo Necochea's role in capturing the last Inca, Tupac Amur.

Family Photos
  • Necochea, Arruza y Necochea (27 KB)
    Timeless photo of California de Necochea brothers Fernando and Ruben with the legendary Mexican bullfighter, Carlos Aruzza. Most Necocheas in the US are related to Ruben and Fernando via their great grandfather "Jose Maria de Necochea," who migrated from Cadiz, Spain to Valparaiso Chili ultimately settling in San Diego, California. He married a woman named Ramona Chiapparini in the now famous Estudillo house in old town San Diego.
  • Ancestral Home (17 KB)
    Standing proudly, for hundreds of years, the Necochea ancestral home still bears the family coat of arms, cast in stone high above the entrance. Nekotxea, translating literally to "the house of Neko." This is "the house."
  • General Mariano Necochea (41 KB)
    Gen. Mariano Necochea, one of the great liberators of South America. He bravely led the Argentine cavalry against Royal Spanish troops at the critical battle of Junin, thus saving the day. Considered the bravest of the brave by Simon Bolivar and General San Martin. General Martin is quoted as sayin "Necochea...alway Necochea," in reference to his acts of bravery. He became Governor of Peru, and retired as Grand Marshal. One of the notable descendent of the house of Nekotxea. He was born in Argentina, studied in Spain and is buried in Peru.
  • Authentic Necochea Coat of Arms (109 KB)
    From the Necochea ancestral home in the Basque village of Urzainki, Spain. This original painting of the coat of arms has hung in the house for over 200 years. The sword in the center represents Raimundo Necochea's capture of the last Inca - Tupac Amure. King Charles of Spain granted Raimundo and his heirs the right to add the sword in hand to the coat of arms. The original order, signed by king Carlos, is in the ancestral home, under the care of don Juan Luis Nekotxea.
  • Coat of Arms (by John de Necochea 2003) (126 KB)
    Coat of arms by Sacramento artist John de Necochea.
  • Statue of Gen. Necochea (12 KB)
    Statue is located in the city of Necochea in Argentina. (photo by Gordy de Necochea of San Francisco).
  • Calle Necochea (Necochea street in Buenos Aries) (22 KB)
    Tango was born in the tough bars and bordelos of Agentina. Coincidentally, they were located on Necochea street! Thus, the birth of Tango and the name Necochea go hand in hand, in song & folklore. The intersection of Suarez and Necochea is mentioned in old Tango songs, the most famous of which is "Tres Amigos." (contact for a copy)
  • Mariano Necochea stamp - Argentina (109 KB)
    Issued in 1974, Buenos Aires.
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