The surname YGLESIAS originates from the country of Spain and literally means dweller near the Church. This stems from Iglesias (church) in spain the name originating from this area. This name therefore fits into a group of names referred to as topographical, which means it was a locational name. People often identified themselves by taking a known town or landmark and adding it to their font, or christian name so as to easily identify themselves from others. Therefore someone with the name Miguel Iglesias would have identified him as "Miguel" who lives by the Church in Iglesias. 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 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. A notable member of the name was Pablo IGLESIAS (1850-1925) the Spanish politician, founder of the Spanish Socialist Party (Partido Socoalista Obrero de Espana, PSOE) in 1879 and in 1911, the first socialist deputy to be elected to the CORTES (Spanish parliament). The lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.
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