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Re: Surnames in Honduras: Aranda, Sol, Duarte, Jordan
Posted by: Josh Aranda (ID *****6954) Date: November 06, 2010 at 22:33:28
In Reply to: Re: Surnames in Honduras: Aranda, Sol, Duarte, Jordan by Frank Jordan of 732

Hi Frank,

There is probably a good chance that we are somehow related in the tangled web of Aranda's and Jordan's.

Now that I think of it...when my grandmother was here in the states visiting us about a year ago I remember her saying that she thought her grandfather or great grandfather's name was Bonifacio. She was raised in Santa Rosa de Copan and married an Aranda (my grandfather) who was also from that area...I can't remember the town. All she told me was that her family moved to Honduras from Zacapa, Guatemala (right on the border) and that she thought her ancestors were from Spain (very likely since we are all light skinned for the most part, and I have green eyes...some of my family has blue or green eyes). My dad has told me that we have lots of family that live in the Santa Barbara area...that is very coincidental! I can't remember if they are from my grandfather's side or my grandmother's side. After she married my grandfather they moved to the La Lima, Cortes area just outside San Pedro Sula. That's where my father was raised.

I visited my uncle this summer who lives in Texas and he said that all he knows about the Aranda family was that they owned lots of land and ranches and that his grandfather, my great-grandfather, was one of the wealthiest men in Honduras. This also could be more evidence that the family is from Spain because most of the wealthy ranchers in Central America were from Spain. He also stated that there is a castle in Omoa that has a Spanish flag that says "Aranda."

I am going to Honduras next month and I am going to try to find out some more information while I'm down there. If you could tell me any more details about your family that would be great. Maybe we could somehow link the two together. My grandmother says that she had one brother and four or five sisters. They are all dead now according to her. She has absolutely no contact with any of her other relatives (cousins, etc).

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