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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Spanish : habitational name from places in Zamora, Cáceres, and Vallodolid provinces. According to Asín Palacios, these names are derived from Arabic al-mạhrath ‘the cultivated or arable land’; another possible origin would be al-mạhras ‘the guarded or fortified place’, ‘the sanctuary’.

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