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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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.

Heidi Zamora

My family is from Nicaragua :-)

Samora
I'm a Samora originally from Sacramento California.

Cliff Zamora
From Albuquerque, NM. :-D

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

ErikZamora
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)

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.

DebraReynolds
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.

Arelyz Zamora
Proud to be a Zamora :)

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

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

Paul
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.

Rebecca
My uncle spelled his name with a S did any one else hear that about their relatives.He was from New Mexico. Rebe

Henry
Jewish people write zamora using "S"

ErikZamora
There has always been a story in my family about how my grandfather changed our name from Samora to Zamora. I've always thought it might have something to do with how the "z" is pronounced in Spanish.
I've also been told that Zamora is similar to a Jewish surname and has something to do with music.

Brenda zamora
My name.is.Brenda Zamora :) from vannuys,Ca. I want to know how to find out if im related to anyone from back then. Does anyone know how I can find out?

michael Sandoval
this is amazing because Andres Bermudez and Rita Maria Zamora are my great, great, great, great, great grandparents.

juan zamora
I Agree w Walter ,awesome history lesson.I'm another proud Zamora right here from Texas . Jlz86@live.com in case n e of u wnt to keep in touch .

Walter Zamora
Nice History lesson! Any Zamoras from Tlaxco, Tlaxcala, Mexico?

Walter Zamora
dude you have my name....im walter zamora too. i have got to tell you, i feel so proud of my last name it is the best of the best last names. its very prestigious too

Christopher Zamora
Wow this is interesting ..proud zamora right here.

julia zamora :)
love my name :)

julian zamora
our name is almost the same lol

Andrew Zamora
Go Zamora!