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About the Escarcega name

About the Escarcega name

alfredo franco escarcega (View posts)
Posted: 22 Jul 2003 7:04PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: escarcega
I have been doing alot of research on my last name and this is what I have found. A lot of people have told me it's a Basque name so I did research. I never found anything concrete but I know that Azkarzaga means Forest of Maple Trees or something along those lines. Again, I am not saying this is where our surname comes from, but this is as close as I've come to an origin. Whatever it is, it's a "spanishized" version of something else.
And just to share some information, my Escarcega grandfather came from Pachera, Chihuahua which according to what I've heard, is a small village near Guerrero, Chihuahua.

Re: About the Escarcega name

Posted: 5 Nov 2003 4:13PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 17 Apr 2005 9:11PM GMT
Hola Alfredo Escarcega,
My name is Peter Almada, and I am amateur researcher in Spanish/Portuguese surnames. In regards to the Escarcega name, I have seen the Coat of Arms for "Escarzaga" on araldis.com, a website specializing in international heraldry.
Like "Azkarzaga" the aforementioned "Escarzaga" is likely a variant of the same Basque name.
The Escarzaga family shield contains four triangles oriented in the four cardinal directions-North and South, East and West. Two arrows are contained in the west and east triangles, while two small keys are contained in the north and south triangles. Four black dots or points surround these images.
Esquer, another Spanish surname with many members in Sonora/Arizona, may be a diminutive form of Escarcega.
Regarding Pachera,Chihuahua, is this the place where the first Mexican Escarcegas settled? What Indian tribes did the
Escarcegas come into contact with?
Lastly, in Basque country, far to the north in Spain, are maple tree forests found in abundance? Because if they are, it would lend strong credence to the assertion that Azkarzaga means "Forest of Maple Trees."
I agree with you that the Basque (Euskadi) Azkarzaga changed to Escarcega at some point in time.
Is there any historic record of Azkarzagas/Escarcegas fighting against or siding with Moors (Arabs of Spain). To my surprise Moorish forces expanded far beyond Granada and Sevilla marching as far north as western Galicia.
I've said too much already. Thanks for the information Alfredo and I look forward to hearing from you and any other Escarcega.
Nos Vemos,
Peter Almada

Re: About the Escarcega name

Raul Escarcega (View posts)
Posted: 25 Aug 2006 7:52PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Escarcega
As I understand the name Escarcega is the "castellanizaded" name for azkarzaga that means "maple tree". The spanish name for maple is "arce".
My great grand father came to Mexico (circa 1860) from the town of Algorta (in the metropolitan area of Bilbao). Viscaya, Spain (Basque country). He settled in the state of Veracruz and later on the family moved to Mexico City.
Saludos
Raul Escarcega

Re: About the Escarcega name

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 7:47AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Escarcega
Hello Raul,

My mom's dad was Guillermo Escarcega, he came to Mexicali (the city I live in) from Mexico City. Just was wondering if they might be related?

Re: About the Escarcega name

Posted: 15 Jul 2012 10:02PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hola Raul,
the name of my mother was Amparo Rodriguez Escarcega. We are told as well, that the names origin is in Bilbao. My wife and I live in Mexico-city, but at the moment we are on vacation in Toulouse, on our way to Bilbao to find some informations about the family roots.
Do you happen to know something more about the place? We actually do not have any information and would be very happy to get some more.
Hoping to hear from you,
saludos de Gerardo y Stephanie

Re: About the Escarcega name

Posted: 15 Jul 2012 10:34PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Escarcega
Yes, the original family places were in Oquendo and Llodio and in the Valle de Gordejuela. You can find evidence in La Villa de Valmaseda, in Zalla near Bilbao.
The name of Escarcega is first found in the records at Tepeapulco, Hidalgo, in 1690.
If your family is from that area and if your grandparents were Ismael Rodriguez and Linda Escarcega, we are related.

Thanks and good trip

Raul Escarcega

Re: About the Escarcega name

Posted: 5 Aug 2012 6:44PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi there. Thanks for the info shared. MY great grandfather was born in a town in chihuahua Mexico too. I really want to know about my escarcega name. If you like to share some I'll be grateful .

Re: About the Escarcega name

Posted: 27 Nov 2013 7:40AM GMT
Classification: Query
my name is Mario Alberto Escarcega Urquidi

wow i count never find that much information in anysite that i have been is good information to know also i am from chihuahua chihuahua mexico i alway wanted to know more where my last name comes from and when i alway search i found things like a general that fought in the mexican rebolution or a town down in campeche mexico under the name escarcega but never enything about the last name and if you Peter Almada can please send me a pic of the family crest i will the really thankful more that what i am all ready the information you give all the escarcegas around the world is really good to know you can send the pic if you have it a escarcega_mario@yahoo.com thank you and also thank you to you to Alfredo Escarcega

Re: About the Escarcega name

Posted: 8 Dec 2013 2:50AM GMT
Classification: Query
My last name is Escarcega and I'm confused on whether it is Spanish or Mexican. As you can see I don't know much about my family heritage. Just recently doing research.

Re: About the Escarcega name

Posted: 4 Jan 2014 8:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Escarcega
Hello my name is Joseph Escarsiga and I have also been doing some research that has led me to the spelling of the name as you have it and also in a couple other variations. Has anyone seen the spelling as I have it?
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