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Re: Origin of Loya, research conclusion
Posted by: Alex Loya (ID *****0220) Date: August 20, 2006 at 21:28:37
In Reply to: Origin of Loya, research conclusion by Richard Loya of 544

Hi Richard,

Here are a few links:

A text of a map of Burgundy, France in which the "wonderful" village of Loya is mentioned. The map, I believe, dates to the 1500's. The mention of the village of Loya in Burgundy is in paragraph 52:10

Here is a map in which you can see the location of the Baie de Loya, the Loya Bay, next to Hendaye in the Province of Labourd in France across the border with Spain. This map is important because in the river on the map, if you look at the bottom of the map you will see a little island in the river in the shape of a boat. That is the Ile des Faisans, on the French side by the Ile des Faisans is the Fort of Gaztelu. The name of the nobleman in the Loya family group who actually owned the Loya Coat of Arms was Blas de Loya y Gaztelu. In other words, in this map you can see exactly where the Loya which came to Spain and to America originated, between Loya and Gaztelu in France. Here is the link:

Here is a mention of the Loya Ravine and the Mountain called Loya in the Province of Savoy in France on the border with Italy and Swizerland. It is by the town of Vallorcine by the Valley of the Chamonix, not to far from Burgundy and the village of Loya in Burgundy. Here is the link, just scroll down to about half the page and look for Loya or Mont de la Loya or Ravin de la Loya. Its in French:

I do believe there is a ravine called Loya in Navarre, but you have to remember that Navarre was all French until 1512 and that it did not become a full part of Spain but until 1839 or so. In other words, any place called Loya in Navarre has to be understood as French as well since it is in France that all the places called Loya are and Navarre was part of France.

It is fascinating to see that the places called Loya run all along southern France from its border with Italy to its border with Spain, we got the Mountain of Loya, followed by the Ravine of Loya to the Village of Loya to the Creek of Loya to the Beach of Loya to the Bay of Loya, all in France. It is fascinating and mind boggling! Sometimes I wonder if there was not an ancient people group more than a family group whose name was Loya who left no history but the places called by its name which lived in southern France in the distant past and which is now extinct, and we are the survivors of that group.

Anyway, here is the name of a Loya kinsman who fought in the Battle of Yorktwon with the French in the Soissonais Regiment who came to help the Americans against Lord Cornwallis in the most decisive battle of the American Revolution:

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