Origins of the surname Cifuentes
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Noble surnames, such as Cifuentes, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Cifuentes, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. In Spain, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. Many Spanish local names reflect Arabic words or place-names because Spain was conquered by the Muslim Moors from the 8th to 12th centuries.The Cifuentes family originally lived in the region of Fuentes which is a place-name that means fountains.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Fuentes, Fuente, de la Fuente, Fuentecilla, Fuéntez, Fuentez, Font, Fonte, Fontes, Fontecilla, Fontana, Fontano, Fontanal, Fontanales, Fontanals, Fontanella, Fontanet, Fontanillos and many more. First found in Castile, an important Christian kingdom of the Middle Ages. Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Early migrants to the New World were: Alonso de la Fuente, who sailed to America in 1513; Francisco de Fuentes, to America in 1527; Pedro Fuentes Manrique, to Peru in 1534 with a servant. -- www.houseofnames.com