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 LOYOLA is the Spanish form of the Basque LOIOLA, a habitation name from a place in the province of Guiluzcia, so called from the Basque LOI (mud) + the local suffix OLA. 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. A notable member of the name was Ignatius LOYOLA (1491-1556) the Spanish soldier and founder of the Jesuits. He was born at his ancestral castle of LOYOLA in the Basque province of Guipuzcoa. A page in the court of 'Ferdinand the Catholic' he then became a soldier. In the defence of Pampeluna, he was severely wounded in the leg, his convalescence was slow, and he turned to the works on the lives of Jesus Christ and his saints. In 1522, he set out on his pilgramage, the first step of which was a voluntary engagement to serve the poor and sick in the hospital of Manresa. In Paris in 1534 he founded with St. Francis Xavier and four others the Jesuits, members of the Society of Jesus. It is strictly organized and governed by a 'General' responsible only to the Pope. Its members, learned and rigorously trained, are bound to poverty, chastity and obedience with duties of preaching, educating and hearing confession. In South America the Jesuits were suppressed in 1773 and restored again in 1814. 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.
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