The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. It was not until the 10th century that modern hereditary surnames first developed, and the use of fixed names spread, first to France, and then England, then to Germany and all of Europe. In these parts of Europe, the individual man was becoming more important, commerce was increasing and the exact identification of each man was becoming a necessity. Even today however, the Church does not recognise surnames. Baptisms and marriages are performed through use of the Christian name alone. Thus hereditary names as we know them today developed gradually during the 11th to the 15th century in the various European countries. This Spanish surname of OBREGON was a locational name meaning 'the dweller at the bank of a river'. It was also a nickname given to 'one who begged for alms'. The name has many variant spellings which include BREGERE, BREGAR, BREEGER and BREGG. Surnames derived from placenames are divided into two broad categories; topographic names and habitation names. Topographic names are derived from general descriptive references to someone who lived near a physical feature such as an oak tree, a hill, a stream or a church. Habitation names are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages and farmsteads. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and whole countries. Alvaro OBREGON (1880-1928) was the revolutionary and president of Mexico. In 1912 he joined Madero in the struggle against Diaz. He was a man of liberal ideals and agreed to the restoration of land to the Indians. His administration from 1920 until 1924 was notable for its land, educational and financial reforms and the establishment of friendly relations with the United States. In 1928 OBREGON was again elected President, but was assassinated before he could take office.
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