Tovar (surname)

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The coat of arms of the Tovar family of Spain and Portugal, as it appears in a 17th-century nobiliary record.

Tovar, usually preceded by the particle de (meaning from), is a surname that was adopted in the Middle-Ages by a Castilian noble house of Visigothic ancestry that received the lordship of the village of Tovar from Fernando III. It has since spread to several Spanish and a few Portuguese branches.

The Tovar surname in the Americas appears mainly as a toponymic derived from the many settlements of this name founded there by the Spanish, and therefore does not share the same genealogical origin.

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