Afonso


Afonso
This is possibly the most royal of all Spanish surnames, although it is of Germanic origins. Since the 5th century a.d. numerous Spanish kings have carried this famous name, which subsequently became one of the earliest of all surnames. It derives from a time in early history when a tribe known as the Vizigoths from Northern Germany swept down through Europe, conquering all before them. They settled in Spain where today the reminder of their occupation, lies in the very large number of popular Spanish surnames of which Alfonso, Alonso, Gonzalez and Ramirez, are a few examples. In this case the origination lies in the personal name 'Adafuns', a name so ancient that it probably pre-dates known history. This name comprised of the elements 'adal' meaning noble, and 'funs' - active or ready. The surname is medieval 14th century, and early examples of the surname recordings taken from authentic church and civil registers include Castanza Alfonso de Sqavedra, of Santiago, Spain, on June 16th 1582, and Anton Alonso, of Esquevilla, Valladolid, Spain, on November 26th 1605. Anaya y Alfonsa was christened at San Pablo Apostal, Mexico, on February 26th 1782, Bernandez Alfonsin, at Purissima Concepcion, Districto Federal, Mexico, on April 3rd 1793, and Bernabe Alonzo, at Mendavia, Navarra, Spain, on July 18th 1870. The coat of arms has the blazon of a blue field, charged with two lions combatant, holding in their paws a fleur de lis, all gold. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Fernan Caballero Alfonso, which was dated 1351, born at the city of Segovia, Spain, during the reign of Queen Joanna 11 of Spain and Navarra, 1328 - 1349. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Afonso — Afonso, die portugiesische Variante des Namens Alfons, ist der Name von: Antônio Afonso de Miranda (* 1920), brasilianischer Geistlicher, römisch katholischer Bischof von Taubaté José Afonso Ribeiro (1929–2009), brasilianischer Ordensgeistlicher …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Afonso — m Portuguese form of ALFONSO (SEE Alfonso) …   First names dictionary

  • Afonso I — known as Afonso the Conqueror born 1109/11, Guimarães, Port. died Dec. 6, 1185, Coimbra First king of Portugal (1139–85). He defeated his mother to take the throne (1128), ruling first as a vassal of his cousin Alfonso VII of León but later… …   Universalium

  • Afonso — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Afonso est un prénom utilisé également comme patronyme. Il est porté par de nombreuses personnalités et par une ville: Patronyme Guilherme Afonso,… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Afonso IV — ▪ king of Portugal byname  Afonso The Brave,  Portuguese  Afonso O Bravo  born Feb. 8, 1291, Lisbon died May 28, 1357, Lisbon       seventh king of Portugal (1325–57).       Afonso IV was the son of King Dinis and of Isabella, daughter of Peter… …   Universalium

  • Afonso II — ▪ king of Portugal byname  Afonso The Fat,  Portuguese  Afonso O Gordo  born 1185?, Coimbra, Port. died March 25, 1223, Coimbra       the third king of Portugal (1211–23), under whom the reconquest of the south from the Muslims was continued.… …   Universalium

  • Afonso I. — Wappen von Alonso I. Afonso I., auch Nzinga Mpangu oder Nzinga Mbemba Afonso[1], (* um 1456; † 1543) war König des afrikanischen Reiches Kongo. Leben Afonso I. war der Sohn von Nzinga á Nkuwu, dem ersten kongolesi …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Afonso — (as used in expressions) Afonso III Afonso I Afonso the Conqueror Albuquerque Afonso de Afonso the Great * * * …   Universalium

  • Afonso V — ▪ king of Portugal byname  Afonso The African,  Portuguese  Afonso O Africano  born Jan. 15, 1432, Sintra, Port. died Aug. 28, 1481, Sintra       10th king of Portugal (1438–81), known as the African from his campaigns in Morocco.       The son… …   Universalium

  • Afonso VI — ▪ king of Portugal born Aug. 21, 1643, Lisbon died Sept. 12, 1683, Sintra, Port.       king of Portugal, whose reign was marked by internal disputes between his partisans and those of his brother Pedro.       Afonso succeeded his father, John IV …   Universalium

  • Afonso — biographical name name of 6 kings of Portugal: especially I Henriques 1109? 1185 (1st king of Portugal; reigned 1139 85); V 1432 1481 (reigned 1438 81) …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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