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Posted by: Carlos Miguel Espada de Jesus (ID *****7197) Date: June 06, 2008 at 05:50:31
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After doing an extensive search....
I've come up to the conclusion that the surname Espada, comes from Portugal and Spain.
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Therefore there are 2 families with that surname, the Espadas from Portugal,living in Algarve and Alentejo regions originally; and the Espadas from Spain,from Galiza originally( Then extended to North Portugal and former spanish colonies,peru,mexico,chile,etc...)
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The origins are uncertain, but heres a list of the suspect origins:

1- From the name Espata(Roman), of the first century, that mens Sword or person that makes swords

2- Nickname, because Espada means Sword, it also suspects that someone, like a blacksmith could had that nickname;or a fisherman for the fishing of the (Largehead hairtail)Peixe-Espada in portuguese or (Swordfish)Espadarte

3-the most certain...
Descendents of the Order of Santiago, the Sntiago Knights
http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ordem_de_Santiago

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Hope that was helpfull
Any info you might need please e-mail, or leave comment on my page http://cmej.no.sapo.pt
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