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URIARTE This is a common surname in the basque Country, with a lot of houses or farms with this name, but in Bizkaia and the west part of Gipuzkoa is URI and in the rest of Gipuzkoa and Iparralde is IRI or YRI, so is easy to know that probably comes from Bizkaia, the problem is that in Bizkaia there are more or less 39 houses, and in the west part of Gipuzkoa 10. there are also some houses in Araba. The author J. Kerexeta says that the older house Uriarte is located in Izpazter (Bizkaia).
Meaning: URI: means Town, but in toponims, the meaning is group of houses (3 is enough), ARTE: means Between, so the meaning is: (The house) between group of houses, a house alone between two groups of houses.
There are lots of proves of Nobility, and Lots of Coats of Arms,depending of the house
MORE ABOUT URIARTE
There is an Uriarte House or farm (baserria) in Errigoitia, so it is very clear the origin of your mother's surname.
ERRIGOITIA (Rigoitia), CENSUS OF 1794
Joaquin Uriarte lived in the farm Mendikoa
In the farm Uriarte lived Jose Zubiaga
CENSUS OF 1745
In the farm Uriarte lived Bautista Sarrikoolea
In the Farm Borika Erdikoa lived Ana Maria Uriarte (widow)
CENSUS OF 1704
In the Farm Uriarte Lived Juan Uriarte with his mother Francisca Butron.
I don't know if the farm Uriarte of Errigoitia, is original or a branche derivated of other Uriarte House, There are houses or farms Uriarte near Errigoitia in Arrieta , Fruniz, and Mungia.