Rafael Y Galarza Y Torres

Male1896–10 October 1963

Brief Life History of Rafael Y

When Rafael Y Galarza Y Torres was born in 1896, in Puerto Rico, his father, Jose Maria Galarza Y Figueroa, was 48 and his mother, Francisca Carolina Torres Y Cedeño, was 21. He had at least 1 son with Juana Ramona Orengo. He lived in Consejo, Guayanilla, Puerto Rico for about 10 years. He died on 10 October 1963, in Ponce, Puerto Rico, at the age of 67.

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Rafael Y Galarza Y Torres
Juana Ramona Orengo
Benigno Galarza Orengo

Sources (6)

  • Rafael I Galarza, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Rafael Galarza Torres in entry for Minerva Galarza Gutierrez, "Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805-2001"
  • Rafael Y Galarza Y Torres in household of José M Galarza Y Figueroa, "United States Census, 1910"

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World Events (7)


Age 2

Under the Treaty of Paris, Puerto Rico is ceded by the Spanish to the U.S. at the end of the Spanish-American War.


Age 4

U.S. Congress institutes civil government in Puerto Rico under the Foraker Act. U.S. maintains strict control over island affairs, prompting demands for more local control.


Age 21

Jones Act grants U.S. citizenship to Puerto Ricans.

Name Meaning

Some characteristic forenames: Spanish Luis, Jose, Juan, Carlos, Jesus, Miguel, Raul, Jorge, Julio, Guillermo, Ignacio, Javier.

Basque: Castilianized form of Galartza, a topographic name from galar ‘kindling, dead wood’ + the suffix -tza denoting abundance.

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

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