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PEREA The origin of this family is in the "Aiala Valey" in Araba (Beotegi, and Llodio or Laudio), and there are branches in Astoriza(Lezama, Araba), Basauri (Bizkaia), and St. Vicente de Basualdo (Bizkaia), a branche of the Pereas from Basauri went to a village named Cantalapiedra in Salamanca (Spain), and a branche of the Pereas of Basualdo went to Somorrostro (Bizkaia).

Meaning: There are two posibilities, the first one is that Perea comes from the Christian name Pero (an old form of today's Pedro) like Perez. The other posibility is that Perea is a variation of BEREA, with the meaning of: Place of Grass, but is not very clear.

Proves of Nobility: Bilbao 1654; Valladolid 1774,1784,1799; Knight of Santiago in 1688,1717,1742,1755; Knight of Calatrava in 1678; Knight of S. Juan de Jerusalen in 1579.

Coat of arms: I have found 5 diferent coats.

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