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Where did the Portuguese Raposa family come from? What is the Portuguese Raposa family crest and coat of arms? When did the Raposa family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Raposa family history?The noble Portuguese surname Raposa is of nickname origin, as it is derived from a physical or personal characteristic of the original bearer. In this instance, the surname Raposa comes directly from the Portuguese word "Raposa," translated as "male fox" and in turn derived from the Portuguese "raboso" meaning "tail," with reference to the beautiful furry tail of that animal.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Raposos, Raposa, Raposas, Rapoza, Rapozo and others.
First found in the regions of Portugal. The Raposa family were descended from the barons of Meneses and prospered throughout the Middle Ages.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Raposa research. Another 325 words(23 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Raposa History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 25 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Raposa Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alvaro Raposo who settled in Dominican Republic in 1513; Gaspar Raposo who arrived in Florida with his brother Simon in 1563; Manuel Raposo who settled in Puerto Rico in 1860.
The Raposa Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Raposa Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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