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There are several families with the Bazan last name in Bolivia, and they have different origin. I am from the city of Santa Cruz the la Sierra the country’s largest city, and home to my branch of the Bazan family. My mothers great grandfather, Elías Bazán, his brothers and sisters came from Lebanon when it was part of the province of Syria in the Turkish Ottoman Empire in 1870. His family came through Argentina and established themselves along the way, first in the north of Argentina (Salta), and then into Bolivia in a town called Vallegrande. The family grew and moved to Santa Cruz, the closest city to Vallegrande, the sisters married into other Arab and non-Arab families of Vallegrande including Morón, Jaldín, Osinaga and Peña, the brothers took Bolivian and Argentine wives and remained in the region as merchants. My mother is Norah Bazán de Nazrallah, and has no brothers so in my side of the family the last name dies with her.
There are other Bazan families in Santa Cruz that are not related to us, and this are the ones of the town of Portachuelo, which was founded by a Spanish family named Bazan. Their descendants are mostly cattle ranchers. There are other Bazan families in the Andean part of Bolivia (La Paz, Oruro and Cochabamba), this ones are probably of Spanish and indigenous origin, but I am not sure, I just met one from La Paz who was not related to the Bazans of Santa Cruz. Regardless of their ancestral origin, all the Bazan families in Bolivia are very Bolivian and in many cases don’t even know where their last name comes from, my maternal grandfather investigated the Arab origin of the family, because my mother is married to an Arab. Wee don not know if it has a meaning in Arabic or if it was the correct last name, because many Arab families if Santa Cruz chance their last names from Arabic to Spanish (examples: Salvador, Torres, Cruz, Elias, José, Miguel, Flores, and other Arab immigrant families from the 19th century). Were are not sure if the family is Lebanese, because many Arabs immigrants departed from Lebanese ports but actually came from Syria, Anatolia and Palestine.
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