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The Alvear Family in 718 AD

Alvear is a very old family name traced to the year 718 in the North of Spain. They are Goth from a III century German village. The Goth was one of the first villages converting to Christianity. The Alvear family is a very old military family (Knights) that helped fight against the Muslims during the Spanish invasion that lasted over 700 years. They helped crown King Don Pelayo and defended Christianity. Muslims were never able to conquer the North of Spain thanks in part to the geography, but mostly due to the courageous spirit of families and individuals like the ALVEAR's. For the services rendered, the kings offered them lands and a coat of arms. The coat of arms consists of a bridge, a tower, a tree with a hunting dog, and 3 royal flowers of gold lily.
Alvear - Juan Eduardo Alvear's pages

Alvear Coat of Arms

Armas de Alvear

King Don Pelayo

Proclamación de D. Pelayo - L. Madrazo (1855), Basílica de Covadonga


Great Grand Father on my dad's side (his mother's dad)
(He is the father of my dad's mother. Never met him. His daughter married my dad's father, Juan Jose de Alvear de la Colina.)

Don Antonio Basagoiti Arteta

Don Antonio Basagoiti Arteta
a powerful Spanish banker

Founder of Banco Hispano Americano (now a part of Banco Santander)

A found an interesting essay and a link



(He is the grandson of my dad's grandfather. His mother and my dad's mother were sisters. We use to have lunch in his house every Sunday in Mexico City in the 70's and 80's.)

Jose Maria Basagoiti Noriega

Former President of the Mexican Chamber of Commerce, COPARMEX
Rector of Basque studies at the University of Nevada,
He inherited CIGATAM (Tabacalera Mexicana: the producer of all major tobacco brands in Mexico) from my Great Gran Father, etc.

I found an interesting book talking about him (1). He lead entrepreneurs in Mexico against the pseudo-communist dictatorship of the Mexican administration. He is a Jesuit. The PRI (ruling political party for over 70 years) wanted him dead. He had a lot of "cojones," if you know what I mean. He writes about those dangerous year in which we lived in danger(1)

(1) Los años que vivimos en peligro

(2) Democracy in Mexico: peasant rebellion and political reform - Google Books Result

Industry and Underdevelopment: The Industrialization of Mexico, ... - Google Books Result

Mi abuela Maria Basagoiti Ruiz, RIP 20 Abril 1970Mi abuelo Juan Jose de Alvear y de la Colina. RIP 14 Febrero 1941

 Tio Rafael de Alvear y Basagoiti. RIP 24 Noviembre 1971Tio Jose Luis de Alvear y Basagoiti. RIP 14 de Octubre de 2009

My Father

Juan Jose de Alvear y Basagoiti

Juan Jose Alvear Basagoiti y familia agua 561 Pedregal de San Angel, Mexico DF

From right to left: Rocio (my sister), Norma Fuentes Quinard (my mother), Juan José Alvear Basagoiti, Alfonso (my borther).

Certificación de partida de bautismo de San Jerónimo el Real.

My father was a very religious man, devout follower of the Virgin. He started as an empresario in Mexico. I talk a bit about him in my book. He passed away here in Merced in 2001, right before my wedding. He died of cancer just two years after my brother Santiago, who also died of cancer here in Merced, CA.


My Mother

Norma Fuentes Quinard

My mom is an amazing artists. She paints amazing oil paintings and plays classical music with her piano. Quinard is of French origins. Fuentes is from Spain. However, my uncles claim we are descendants for Geronimo, the Apache Indian as well. We go to Mass together every Sunday.


(She is the daughter of my father's sister. She loved my father very much and has kept a relation with us for years)

Almudena Mazarrasa Alvear

Felipe de Borbón, Príncipe de Asturias, arriba al país en escala técnica por el Aeropuerto Las Américas.

She is the former Spanish Ambassador in Dominican Republic.
 In this photo she is welcoming Spanish Prince D. Felipe de Borbón.

She was also Director of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Colombia



(He is the son of my dad's first cousin. He help me get the job working for Sara Lee/D.E. España, S.A./Grupo SA Sanz. He has the most impressive office I have ever seen in my life. It is like being in Museo del Prado's for members only area)

Antonio Basagoiti García-Tuñon


He is the second one from left to right

Director at Banco Santander Central Hispano SA ADS SP FINANCIAL / FOREIGN MONEY CENTER BANKS Director since 1999 . 64 years old. Born in 1942. Former Executive Vice President of Banco Central Hispanoamericano. He was appointed Director in July 1999. He is Vice Chairman of Faes Farma, S.A. and of Golf La Moraleja, S.A. and a Director of Pescanova, S.A. He is a former Chairman of Unión Fenosa, S.A. (Excerpt from Forbes Magazine - 944214)



(I have never talked to him. I only saw him at his grandfather's funeral)

Antonio Basagoiti Pastor

President of PP (conservative political party) in Vizcaya
Former Mayor of Bilbao, Spain

Both his dad "my cousin" and him are on ETA´s hit list (The newspaper ABC in Madrid published the list they have seized from a raid on a terrorist cell). ETA is a terrorist group in Spain.





I have other family that is also relevant on my mother's side. My mother's family is Fuentes and Quinard. My uncles also made several millions of dollars in their business. I wrote a bit about them in a book the Ecclesiastical Augustinian Community of Madrid published for me. You can see the online version here: www.jeaf.com/sectas

This is the one Published by the Catholic Church (Ediciones Religion y Cultura)


June 18, 2008.

Juan Eduardo Alvear

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For we all are pilgrims and immigrants in a foreign land. We have become citizens and nationals of Heaven through our baptism. We are sons of God. By Eduardo Alvear, Catholic. Please note that Jesus Christ got crucified by the Jews and Pilate for making this claim. He was accused of subversion.
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"Jesus is the lodestar of human freedom: without him, freedom loses its focus, for without the knowledge of truth, freedom becomes debased, alienated and reduced to empty caprice. With him, freedom finds itself." Benedict XVI, Address to Participants in the Plenary Assembly of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (10 February 2006): AAS 98 (2006), 255. EUCHARIST: SOURCE AND SUMMIT

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