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Grases (variant: San Vicente de Grases) is one of 41 parishes (administrative divisions) in Villaviciosa, a municipality within the province and autonomous community of Asturias, in northern Spain.

Situated at 68 m (223 ft) above sea level, the parroquia is 2.78 km2 (1.07 sq mi) in size, with a population of 112 (INE 2007). The postal code is 33313.[citation needed]

Villages and hamlets[edit]

Spanish Name Asturian Name Population
Casquita NA 12 people[citation needed]
El Mayorazo El Mayorazu 2 people[citation needed]
Grases de Abajo Grases d'Abaxu 28 people[citation needed]
Grases de Arriba Grases d'Arriba 21 people[citation needed]
La Barraca NA 13 people[citation needed]
La Llosa NA 5 people[citation needed]
La Mota NA 12 people[citation needed]
La Venta NA 5 people[citation needed]
Los Cuadros NA 6 people[citation needed]
Los Molinos NA 1 person[citation needed]
NA Maoxu 40 people[citation needed]
Sabudiego Sabudiellu 2 people[citation needed]


Xosé Lluis García Arias, in his book "Pueblos Asturianos: El Porqué de Sus Nombres" ("Asturian People: The Reasons Behind the Names"), explains the etymological significance for Grases and the people of the parroquia:

Grases: This is an antroponym, or a toponym derived from the name of a person. It was probably attributed to the village before the formation of the present population . García Arias proposes that the name is derived from the Latin word CRASSUS.[1]

El Mayorazo: According to García Arias, this refers to "the old civil institution where a family could perpetually enjoy certain patrimonial goods" (translated from Spanish). Mayorazu is derived from a combination of the Latin MAIOREM (higher) and the suffix -ACEUM.[2]

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  1. ^ García Arias, Xosé Lluis (2000). Pueblos Asturianos: El Porqué de Sus Nombres. Gijón: Alborá Llibros Ediciones. ISBN 84-87562-21-3. 
  2. ^ García Arias, Xosé Lluis (2000). Pueblos Asturianos: El Porqué de Sus Nombres. Gijón: Alborá Llibros Ediciones. ISBN 84-87562-21-3. La antigua institución civil según la cual una familia podía disfrutar perpetuamente de determinados bienes patrimoniales con prohibición de enajenarlos. 

Coordinates: 43°28′00″N 5°28′00″W / 43.466667°N 5.466667°W / 43.466667; -5.466667