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I don,t know many things about this surname, the meaning is
hostelry or inn, and is tipical of the three regions of the North Basque
Country (Laburdi, Benafarroa, Zuberoa). In the middle age, the hostelries
was called Ospital or Ospitaletxe, and there were a lot because of the "Way
Information about my family..
My Grandfather Jean Ospital was born in Biagorri, France in the
farmhouse "OXOBIA" as were his brothers Charles, John and Jacque and his
sister Marie. The children were born in the late Eighteen Hundreds.
Their father was Pierre Ospital and mother Ramona Urrutie. The children
moved to Central California. They all remained here except Charles who
married, had a daughter and eventually moved back to Biagorri to help
with the farm. During WWI, I believe that Charles enlisted in the French
While working on the family Genealogy, I discovered Ospitals in Utah,
Southern and Central California and in the Bay area, most are not
connected to my family.
A gentleman in France named Olivier Ospital whom I met through the
Internet, sent his father Aliain to Biagorri. Aliain took photos of the
farmhouse "OXOBIA". Went to the local parish and made a copy of my
Grandfather's birth certificate and sent me a tourist video of a
festival in Biagorri.
I'm told that the farmhouse is occupied by the daughter of Charles
Ospital and her son a famous Basque folk-singer Martikorenas or his name
maybe Peio Ospital..(not sure)..
I hope some of this is valuable.
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