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ORNELAS Family History

This is a locational surname, probably of Spanish origins. The meaning derives from the ancient Roman (Latin) 'orne' meaning eagle, the surname describing a place of the eagles. This is also reflected in the coat of arms whose blazon is shown below. The name is recorded in several forms including de Orniz, Ornillos, Ornelas, and the form found only in the USA of Ornells and Orneles. There are a number of villages whose name includes 'orne', however it also possible that this surname derives from a place now 'lost', there being many such examples in etymology.

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