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Found in Urkabustaiz (Alava) in 1689. Also, there were houses in
Argentina and Columbia.
This surname means "place with a lot of cat tails." This comes from "i"
(meaning junco in Spanish - cat tail) and the suffixes "tza" (abundant)
and "bal" (place of/denoting location). Another author translates it as
"i" (cat tail) and "zabal" (wide or extensive). Just about anyway you
look at it, their must have been a lot of cat tails growing around that
The coat of arms: On red, a gold spindel or distaff (The spanish word
used is fuso, in newer spanish huso). The border of the shield is green.
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