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Re: origin of "AYALA"
Posted by: pedro pereda (ID *****8368) Date: March 13, 2006 at 23:46:08
In Reply to: Re: origin of "AYALA" by Miguel Ayala of 522

the ayala family of today is originally a scion of the HARO family,but from the maternal side they took & changed name for inheritance interests ...However,both families were over the course of a few generations intermarried as neighbors and related blood in full confidence and to tie forces in power over the same derelict region astride two kingdoms(Castile and Navarre)although usually pro castilian,this was as basque pressure was directly closer.In fact and despite legends,both derived their preeminence in this no mansland to a brief tenure by the Crown of Pamplona,and it was known to their contemporaries they both(among others)were originally bastard sons of the Royal House of Pamplona(protected by their father in life)but potential competitors not fully trusted by their siblings as the times then show to keep away from their orbit as they assumed thrones.This two families showed remarkable skill and somewhat natural abilities to scape controls in a (inherited?)tendency to remain independent,cuasiroyal -what it was their original royal house reason of existence,and common to all basques in general.
Their weapons were similar if not two faces of the same coin banner:Two wolves on the walk.Some believe this express their aboding distancing from the main pack back in Navarre(at the borders of the basque ethnic region)or treat of feeding on the castilian lambs.The area shows even exiled asturians took refuge in the same land of contention(even to this age...Gernika)to the kings
Another belief is that connects to the family ancestor Lupo(the wolf)of Gasconny who had bloody rebellions against the Carolingian Emperor,but that would be something only known to the family members alredy as weak memories though friendly as they were to family firestories.Something read about such Dracula character,the real duke of Gasconny,his dressing colors,complexion,drinking blood,etc...reeks of heathen and pagan belief mixed up,what the basques remained until centuries later and even Charlemagne himself had to contend with in other parts of his empire or outside(Arabs,Saxons,Avars,Danes,Britons,etc)
The true Ayala male line was extinct mid 1400s and the name taken by the above mentioned relatives,while the direct male descendants took other unofficial lesser family names(Murga,Ospina,and Marroquin among others)as they were bastard offspring....but however as the original root of the Clan was in the bastardy of a royal offspring, there was no coherence to be denied rights of blood on such ground within the family.Legal today to claim paternity,name,inheritances, "Legal"was then to claim a whole kingdom by mere blood (ties or sword)

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