the name ayala is the same as it has been for the castilians the land occupied by aritocrathic basques in the highlands of Biscay,and yes it means <Sobrelapena>or "over the hill,boulder"...For it's a border between two kingdoms,from Castile that's all they see,and over it,where the basques came to live after from the coast or flat Alava,is the same to move up the hill...
Others think have to do with the trees or the verb for "have it" in castilian...a royal legend for the rights of land tenure.However in the basque and hispanic realms the posession of such name identified the carrier if not as a family member of such lords as a native of such valley or at least a descendant of either of such...the name was well known to be "taken"before or after in another meaning alternative as much as Pepsi today in innocence or coincidence and of all as personal name
It does'nt come neither from a norman or anglian refugee to Biscay,(with tthe name Aela?)despite local legends relating some honchos in the area to scottish or viking royals in exile or migration...stories
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