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. The arms are registered in Spain. In the 8th century, Spain fell under the control of the Moors, and this influence, which lasted into the 12th century, has also left its mark on Hispanic surnames. A few names are based directly on Arabic personal names. The majority of Spanish occupational and nickname surnames, however, are based on ordinary Spanish derivatives. 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. A notable member of the name was Alonso de Ercilla Y ZUNIGA (1553-1595) the Spanish poet, born in Bermeo on the Bay of Biscay. He entered the service of Philip II, and accompanied him in 1554 to England on the occasion of his marriage to Queen Mary I. Shortly after, he joined the expedition against the Araucanians in Chile, whose heroism inspired his monumental epic poem 'La Araucana' (1569-89). An unfounded suspicion of his complicity in an insurrection nearly led to his execution. Fearing for his life, he returned to Spain, but Philip treated him with indifference, so he made a tour through Europe, and for some time was chamberlain to the Emperor Rudolph II. In 1580 he returned to Madrid, where he lived in poverty until his death.
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