The Spanish surname Valencia is an habitational name from any of various places called València or Valencia, principally the major city in eastern Spain, which was formerly the capital of an independent Moorish kingdom of the same name, until it was reconquered in 1239 by James I, king of the Catalan dynasty, and became part of the Crown of Aragon together with the Principality of Catalonia and the Kingdom of Aragon. The city was apparently named from an honorary title derived from Latin valens ‘brave’. The name is first recorded in Spain in the 16th Century when Francisco Ros Valencia, who married Murillo de Cuende at Sante Fe, Spain, on January 10th 1588. The name is extensively recorded in areas of Spanish influence around the world including the Americas and the Phillipines. The city of Nueva Valencia in the Phillipines was so named by Spanish settlers in the 17th Century.
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