Gregorio Varela Umaña

about 1720–
Cartago, Costa Rica

The Life of Gregorio

When Gregorio Varela Umaña was born about 1720, in Cartago, Costa Rica, his father, Blas de Barela Santiago, was 40 and his mother, Juana de Umaña, was 40. He married Nicolasa Astorga de Rojas on 20 June 1744, in Cartago, Cartago, Costa Rica. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter.

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Gregorio Varela Umaña
Nicolasa Astorga de Rojas
Marriage: 20 June 1744
Theresa Josefa Barela Rojas
Blas Varela Rojas

Spouse and Children

20 June 1744
Cartago, Cartago, Costa Rica


    Theresa Josefa Barela Rojas


    Blas Varela Rojas


Parents and Siblings

    Blas de Barela Santiago


    Juana de Umaña




+1 More Child

Name Meaning

1 Galician: habitational name from any of the places in Galicia named Varela, from a diminutive of vara ‘rod’, ‘stick’.2 Greek (Varelas): from Greek varela ‘barrel’, from Italian barella ‘barrel’. Accented on the final syllable, varelás is a metonymic occupational name for a cooper; with the accent on the middle syllable, varélas is a nickname for a large fat man.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Gregorio Barela in entry for Blas Nicolas Barela, "Costa Rica Baptisms, 1700-1915"
  • Gregorio Barela in entry for Theresa Josefa Barela, "Costa Rica Baptisms, 1700-1915"
  • Gregorio Barrela, "Costa Rica Marriages, 1750-1920"

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