Re: Amaya family from Monclova, Coahuila, Mex
from Ivan C. Amaya posting on www.familyhistory.com:
Amaya dates back to the VIII century right at the convergence of the Visigoth Romans, and Basques on the Pyrenees on both sides of the mountain (please read Amaya o los vascos del S. VIII by Prof. Navarro Villoslada).Amaya is deeply basque with branches all over Spain and Americas as well.
from Pete Amaya posting on www.familyhistory.com:
In this instance, the surname is derived from the place named AMAYA, which is the name of a municipality in the province of Burgos in the north of Spain (Barcelona).Thus, the original bearer was simply identified as "one who originated from AMAYA".
The Amaya's were also California Pioneers from 1542 to 1848.
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I hope this helps you.