The Spanish surname Alvarado is of habitational origin being derived from a place in Badajoz province called Alvarado. A notable bearer of the name is Pedro de Alvarado y Contreras (born in Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain in 1485, died Guadalajara, New Spain, 4 July 1541). He was a Spanish conquistador and governor of Guatemala. He participated in the conquest of Cuba, in Juan de Grijalva's exploration of the coasts of Yucatan and the Gulf of Mexico, and in the conquest of Mexico led by Hernan Cortes. He is considered the conquistador of most of Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras).
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