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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Spanish, Galician and Asturian-Leonese (Valcárcel) : habitational name from any of the places in Logroño province, Galicia and Asturies, named Valcárcel, named in Galician or Old Spanish with val ‘valley’ + cárcel ‘prison’ (Latin carcer), the second element being used in the transferred sense of a confined space, i.e. a narrow gorge.

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