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There is a little village with this name in Araba, close to Vitoria-Gasteiz
(in the south-east of Gasteiz). This surname is documented since 1313.
In Bizkaia there is a farm, or baserri, with this name in Gautegiz de
Arteaga, and another called Aberasturizar (The old house Aberasturi) in
There are also branches or houses with this name in Orotz (Nafarroa),
Ordizia-Villafranca de Oria (Gipuzkoa), and Zuberoa.
There is a proof of nobility of somebody with this surname in Valladolid
1533. (When a Basque went to live in Spain, he proved his nobility in
Valladolid's Court to obtain the same privileges as the Spanish nobles; to
prove nobility it was only necesary to prove 4 generations of Basque
Meaning: There are many theories, but I think the clearest and simplest is
ABERATS: meaning reach, or also cattle (sheeps, cows, horses...), in the same
way that PECUNIA in Latin means the both things;
URI: meaning town, or
group of houses
Thus, the meaning is Rich Town, or Cattlemen Town (I prefer
the second). There are other theories but I think they are stupid.
Coat of arms: En oro, tres bandas de gules, mas tarde se le anadio una
bordura lisa de plata.
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