My family across the globe
in chronological order
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.
King Don Pelayo
Great Grand Father
on my dad's side (his mother's dad)
Don Antonio Basagoiti Arteta
Founder of Banco Hispano Americano (now a part of Banco Santander)
Jose Maria Basagoiti Noriega
Former President of the Mexican Chamber of
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)
Juan Jose de Alvear y Basagoiti
From right to left: Rocio (my sister), Norma Fuentes Quinard (my mother), Juan José Alvear Basagoiti, Alfonso (my borther).
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.
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.
Almudena Mazarrasa Alvear
She is the former Spanish Ambassador in Dominican Republic.
Antonio Basagoiti García-Tuñon
He is the second one from left to right
Antonio Basagoiti Pastor
President of PP (conservative political
party) in Vizcaya
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.
Soy Católico Hispano-Americano