Zavaleta (or Zabaleta) is a surname of Basque origin. The Basque are a people indigenous to areas of northern Spain and southern France, an historical region known as Basque Country.
1 Origin and Meaning,
2 Zavaleta vs. Zabaleta,
3 Notable people,
4 External links,
Origin and Meaning:
It is difficult to uncover the original meaning of a surname like Zavaleta because of its considerable antiquity. But many believe it to mean "the men who touched mountain tops".
Zavaleta vs. Zabaleta:
The surname Zabaleta is created in the Basque language by combining the root, Zabal, with the suffix, eta, hence Zabal-eta. The surname Zabaleta was changed in the New World to the Spanish or Castellano variant, where the "b" is changed to a "v", hence Zavaleta. The two spellings are interchangeable and represent one single family worldwide. today, people who spell it Zavaleta are generally from the "New World" while Zabaletas are in Spain or more recent from Spain in the America's.
Cara Zavaleta: Model and Reality Star,
René Zavaleta Mercado: Bolivian politician, sociologist and philosopher,
Ruth Zavaleta: Mexican politician,
Mariano Zabaleta: Argentine tennis player,
Pablo Zabaleta: Argentine footballer (soccer player),
Jorge Zabaleta: Chilean actor,
Nicanor Zabaleta: Spanish harpist