Last name: Zamora

Recorded in the spellings of Zamora, Zamorrann, and Zamorrano, this famous Spanish surname is locational. It derives from the ancient city of Zamora in North West Spain, a place apparently founded by the invading Moors in the 12th century. The name means 'wild olives', and the surname dates back to at least the 16th century and the time of Spains conquest of the southern American continent. The name is also one of the earliest recorded in California, Maria Rita Zamora, being married to Andres Bermudez at the Presidio de Santa Cruz, Somona, California, in 1766, when the state was still part of the Spanish Empire. In Spain itself the surname seems to have been recorded in the early days with the preposition 'de' implying that the nameholders were not only 'from Zamora', but may well have been the owners of the estate upon which the city stood. This is confirmed by the grant of arms of which the principle blazon is that of Gules, a triple towered castle in silver, within a border azure, charged with a semee of eight knights spurs pierced. Early examples of the surname include the recordings of Alonzo Monte de Zamora at Nuestra Snora La Antgua, Valladolid, Spain, on February 21st 1580, and Francisco de Zamora, who married Ysable Perez Blanco, at Villapalacio, San Sebastian, Spain, on December 5th 1661. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Mateo de Zamora, which was dated January 31st 1563, at Nuestra Senora la Antigua, Valladolid, during the reign of King Phillip 11 of Spain, who reigned from 1556 - 1598. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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I have visited the beautiful township of Zamora, Spain. The people there are as friendly and interesting as any place I've been. Interestingly enough one of very old surname spelling was Samara where Zamora came from. They also pronounced the "Z" as "Th." When they saw my passport, they immediately became family. We talked and talked with all the locals. I definitely want to go again for more than just a few days. BTW the Food and Famous Tinto wine are just as awesome! A definite destination for any Zamora. My Lineage also comes from the New Mexico Zamoras.

my mom last name is zamora and there really isnt alot of us out there. i wonder if they are my ancestors?

Me and my dad's last name is Zamora, I used to think I was the only one with that last name.

Arelyz Zamora
Proud to be a Zamora :)

My mother and father died young, before I was 19 y.o. My mother was a Zamora, and I had relatives - Lee and Vicki Zamora in Pueblo, CO. I know very little about this side of my family, my mother being an only child. Any info anyone can provide would be appreciated.

Crystal Zamora
Most of my family lived in Lincoln, New Mexico. Anybody else? I have visited with my dad and there is a Zamora family cemetery.

My grandfather was from New Mexico. He had 3 brothers. I believe they lived in Vaughn, NM. I've always felt that my ancestry was confusing - people always asking me why I didn't speak Spanish and if I was Mexican. Recently I did 23andme and it has recently opened a door to the rich history of the Zamora's of New Mexico. I can't wait to learn more. (I was born and raised in Los Angeles BTW)

Oscar R Zamora
Oscar Zamora
Rialto CA. USA >Yea !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ,.............
Proud to be ZAMORA Family
Origen :Guatemala City

Cliff Zamora
From Albuquerque, NM. :-D

I'm a Samora originally from Sacramento California.

Heidi Zamora

My family is from Nicaragua :-)

Thomas Zamora

Son of Ray thomas, The Zamora Side of my family is from CO, NM, WY Navajo. But I have seen lineage dating back at far as mid 1700 from Zamora Spain.

jesus zamora

Jesus Zamora Las Cruces nm Grandpa: Domingo Jr Zamora 1899-1982 Father:sergio r Zamora 1968 Traced back to Hereford TX email me if u know Anything eles or know who I listed

M. Zamora

Im happy to be a Zamora Mi.

Sgt Zamora

My grandma was from Montray, Mexico and grandfather born 1924 in a town south of her closer to Mexico City

Destiny Zamora

Father: Juan Jose Zamora Grandfather: Jose 'Pepe' Zamora Great grandfather: Victor Zamora Father and Grandfather born in Cuba. Great grandfather unknown. Father raised in California near Eagle Rock and now we are all located in Tampa, Florida.

Eduardo Israel Zamora
Im originally from the Town of Penitas Zamora in South Texas which was founded by a fray Zamora in the 1500's. Long time to trace back but curious on the origins.