Re: Albán #galicia

Linda Kelley

Hello, Juan,
Galicians speak a language similar to Portuguese and Spanish, and 
Alban might have been the surname your ancestors assumed when they lived in Galicia, or when they sailed from Galicia to Ecuador 400 years ago. 
One of the meanings of Alban is "white." Alban might be a surname taken to substitute for "White." This could have referred to white hair, a white house, etc.
Behind the Name says:  From the Roman cognomen Albanus, which meant "from Alba". Alba (from Latin albus "white") was the name of various places within the Roman Empire, including the city Alba Longa. This name was borne by Saint Alban, the first British martyr (4th century). According to tradition, he sheltered a fugitive priest in his house. When his house was searched, he disguised himself as the priest, was arrested in his stead, and was beheaded. As an English name, Alban was occasionally used in the Middle Ages and was revived in the 18th century, though it is now uncommon.
Linda Wolfe Kelley
Portland, OR, USA

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