Last name: SPAIN

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SPAIN : This last name is indexed 46,834 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

SPAIN : English (Kent) and Irish (Tipperary and Offaly):: 1: of Norman origin a habitational name from Épaignes (Eure) recorded as Hispania in the 12th century. It was probably so named because it was established by colonists from Spain during the Roman Empire.2: of Norman origin a habitational name from Espinay (Ille-et-Vilaine) in Brittany. The placename derives from Old French espinee a collective form of espine ‘thorn’.3: nickname for a Spaniard from Middle English Spain(e) ‘Spain’ (Old French Espaigne) or in Ireland a descriptive name for someone who had been to Spain from Gaelic Spáinneach ‘Spanish’. Many Irish Catholics took refuge in Spain during the 17th-century wars.

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