My Grandfather was Calixto Ayala from Penjamo, Mexico. He came to the USA around 1900-1918. He Married Guadalupe Berber and lived in New Mexico in the 20's. Now here's my theory of a possible origin of Ayala from Mexico. There is a small town on the Western Coast of Mexico is named Ayutla. This town is predominantly of Aztec(and other) native mexicans. The name Ayutla and Ayala appear together in some Mexican documents, especially some translations of the "Plan De Ayala" which was the "Declaration Of Independence" (of sorts) for the Mexican Revolutionaries in the company of Emillio Zapata and Pancho Villa. The early Spanish Padres substituted Spanish names when the native names could not be exactly duplicated (because there were some sounds in the native Mexican languages that had no exact equal sound in Spanish. I believe the Mexican branch were originally named Ayutla or were from Ayutla and got re-named by the Spanish or absorbed by the Spanish Ayala name. Anyone else who can help with this theory, please research and get back. Thanks cousins!!!
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