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Spanish origins of the Abella family name

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Spanish origins of the Abella family name

Harve Abella (View posts)
Posted: 19 Jan 2002 3:32AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 18 Dec 2006 10:02AM GMT
Surnames: Abella

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Etimoloy

When studying their etimología, the last names Abella, Abellá and Abellán with their variables Avellá and Avellán are distinguished , although in some cases, they can derive from the others

Abella : Toponímic last name of Catalan origin, registered in the province of Barcelona, comes from Abella, name of several Catalan town, like Abella (Gerona), Abella of the Conca (Lérida), Abella d'Adons (Lerida) or Abella (in the zone of Catalan language of Huesca). The meaning of abella is "bee" (of Latin "apicula", bee), in relation to the beekeeping, activity of great economic importance formerly.

Abella ': Toponimic last name of Catalan origin, coming from topónimic town of L'Avellá, locality of the province of Barcelona, whose etimology can be the Catalan avellá , "hazel", of Latin "abellanus", (in the Italian Campania the town of Abella exists from which it derived the name of the fruit countersinks, "nut of abella"). Or perhaps Latin Abellius or Abilius plus the suffix comes from the personal name - anum. The last name is not too frequent and it is registered of majority form in Catalonia, mainly in the province of Barcelona. The graphical Avellá exists , less frequent variant.

Abellán : One is possibly a castellanization of the Catalan Abellá, carried out in the Murcian zone, as it suggests the fact that most of these last names is registered in the Region of Murcia. Also it can come, like it is indicated for the Abellá last name, of Abilianus, profession of the personal name Latin Abilius ("habil, skilful"), used specially in Castile and Leon. The graphical variant Avellán, much less frequent exists.
some heráldistas the last name is of Asturian origin , are others think (like those that study the etimología) that is of Catalan origin . When being a toponímico last name , it is possible both versions. To make notice that "abella" means so much in Asturias as in Catalonia bee.

In Asturias , according to tradition, the lineage comes from the Abella or Abellas, of the ancient settlers of the mountains of Asturias, who took for last name the name from Italian towns,they were also the troyanos before coming to Spain with the names of Abella, Abellas, Abello and Abelló, that in spite of its variants, have a same origin; Pliny, Calapino and other authors have mentioned it in their writings
In Spain it appears, with much antiquity in mountains of Asturias, in the council of Valdés, whose capital is the villa of Luarca. This confirms the Chronicle of Asturias de Pliny, who says that the Abella family, who came with the troyanos to Spain, founded two strong lots or towers on the council of Valdés: one in the villa of Luarca, that conserved the denomination of Abella, and another one in the villa of Orano, call later Tower of Brieves, that used the family name Abello.
In these two points they were the primitive lots of the lineage and them they left several branches, that later extended by Aragón, Catalonia and America, being many the eminent men who illustrated the last name with their effort and value, their studies and wisdom.

In Aragón and Catalonia , they come surely from the localities of equal name that in a moment happened to Spanish Levante, later to spread to the rest of the peninsula. Already in the conquest of Valencia, the Abella effectively helped to the king Don JaimeI.
One of the trunks of this lineage, was Don Pedro Abella, that being single near Valencia, was attacked by three Moors, but it defended with such boldness and valentía, that it killed one and it put to the other two in flight. Also one distinguished by his prudence and serenity in the conduction of food to the strength of Morella surrounded by the Moors, using the rough mounts of Forcall. A son his, call Jaime Abella, became equally remarkable by the value and I throw that he demonstrated in the site of Játiva.
Another one of its trunks was the brave captain Ramon Abella, natural of Gerona, that distinguished much in the taking of the city of Palma de Mallorca. A son his, called Bernardine Abella, natural of Gerona, also serving to the orders as the king Don Jaime I, also distinguished itself in the battles against the Moors, with particularitity in the takings of Valencia, Dénia, Jávea, Calpe and others. Juan Abella, of the same lineage also, was welded famous in those times.
By the years of 1300 and following the brothers bloomed in Aragón and Catalonia Don Bernardo Abella, Fray Ferrer Abella and Don Berenguel Abella. This cardinal in 1309 was created, with the name of cardinal of Stems, and having come to Spain by apostolic legacy, was in Barcelona the referred year on time to attend with his brother Fray Ferrer Abella, elect bishop of Barcelona, to the transfering of the body of Santa Eulalia, who verified the 10 of April, with attendance of Pedro IV of Aragón and of the main nobility of her kingdom. Don Bernando Abella, brother of these two prelates, was general of the arms of the mentioned king. In the reign of Enrique II the old greatness of the goods of the possessors of this lot decayed much, by to have followed the party of its legitimate king Don Pedro, and when the unfortunate tragedy of this one, suffered this family the rigors of the successor, Don Enrique, that confiscated the fortune to them that they had.
The Abella proved their nobility in the Real Chancillería of Valladolid (Room of Hijosdalgos), in the Military order of Calatrava (1637) and before the Real Order of Carlos III (1815).

(bad english translation from spanish! hehehe) hope this helps.







SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Harve Abella 19 Jan 2002 10:32AM GMT 
Juan Jose Abellan 24 Feb 2002 10:18PM GMT 
Harve Abella y Bayon 3 Mar 2002 12:09PM GMT 
Gabriela Abella 7 Nov 2005 6:06PM GMT 
AVEILLAN 19 Sep 2002 7:35PM GMT 
Abellan Antonio 6 Jul 2003 10:24AM GMT 
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