Where did the Spanish Almodovar family come from? What is the Spanish coat of arms/family crest? When did the Almodovar family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
- The noble Spanish surname Almodovar is of toponymic origin, that is, it is derived from the place name Almodóvar, located in the southern Spanish province of Cadiz. Thus, the surname Almodovar signifies “one from Almodóvar.”The place name Almodóvar signifies “round place” and is derived from the contraction of two Arabic elements, the definitive article “al,” meaning “the,” and “modovar” of uncertain origin.
- Spelling variations of this family name include: Almodovo, Almodovaras and others. First found in the town of Almodovar in the Southern region of Spain. However, experts have suggested that Pedro de Almodóvar was the original bearer of the name Almodóvar, and that his ancestral house was in fact located in Motilla de Palancar in the province of Cuenca.<p>Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Anton De Almodovar who arrived in America in 1526; and Jose Almodovar Sanchez who settled in Puerto Rico in 1860.
- Family history to make you proud, from a page about Habib Medawar, a candidate in recent elections:
“The independence-day Lebanese flag was designed, sewn and embroidered in the house of his grandfather, Habib Bakhos Medawar, who was a local leader in Ajaltoun” source: http://www.nowlebanon.com/ElProfile.aspx?ID=619
Almodovar del Rio is a grandiose caliphal fortress erected on a high mound along the Guadalquivir. Its high walls are flanked by square towers, except for one that may be Visigothic.
The principal tower is taller than the others, and the entire castle is surrounded by a large moat, while in the middle there is a large court of arms.
During the Almohad invasion, it was the site of an encounter between warring Muslim factions, and Peter the Cruel used it as a prison for his sister?in?law Juana de Lara. It was also the scene of the battles between the followers of Henry IV and his brother. Much later, Philip IV ceded it to the Order of Santiago.
The count of Torralba rebuilt it at the beginning of this century under the direction of the marquis of Cubas, giving it the external appearance of the original Arab fortification. It is one of the few castle?palaces in Andalucia that can still be inhabited.
Inside Al – Medawar citadel, Transjordan, 12 April 1933, showing L-R, Dr. W. Shanklin, Guard, Tamir Nassar
Al – Medawar citadel – Transjordan – 11 April 1933
Al – Medawar citadel – Transjordanian desert – 1933
“Medawar Genealogy Project” group on facebook, Bassem Medawar as Admin
“Al Modovar family crest and name history: http://www.houseofnames.com/xq/asp.fc/qx/almodovar-family-crest.htm