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. This surname of VERGARA is a Spanish form of the Basque BERGARA, a habitation name from places so called in the provinces of Guipuzcoa and Navarre, which are of uncertain origin. The name is also spelt VEGARA, VEGERA, VERGAS and VEGAS. Habitation names were originally acquired by the original bearer of the name, who, having lived by, at or near a place, would then take that name as a form of identification for himself and his family. When people lived close to the soil as they did in the Middle Ages, they were acutely conscious of every local variation in landscape and countryside. Every field or plot of land was identified in normal conversation by a descriptive term. If a man lived on or near a hill or mountain, or by a river or stream, forests and trees, he might receive the word as a family name. Almost every town, city or village in early times, has served to name many families. A minor notable of the name was Benjamin Uubizo VEGA, born on the 18th January, 1916 in Le Ceiba, Honduras. He was an attorney and his appointments include; Associate Attorney, Newman and Newman, Los Angeles; Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles County; Chief District Attorney, Inglewood. In Spain identifying patronymics are to be found as early as the mid-9th century, but these changed with each generation, and hereditary surnames seem to have come in slightly later in Spain than in England and France. As well as the names of the traditional major saints of the Christian Church, many of the most common Spanish surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. For the most part these names are characteristically Hispanic. They derive from the language of the Visigoths, who controlled Spain between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries. In Heraldry the eagle is the emblem of fortitude and magnaminity of mind. The Romans used the figure of an eagle for their ensign, and their example has often been followed. It is the device of Russia, Austria, Germany, the United States of America and the Emperors of France.
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