The meaning of HIDALGO:
Hilgado or Hilagdo-- note the spelling)
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Other ways of spelling the surname
HIDALGO include: Hedalgo, Hidalgoe, Hidalgow (all of Spanish descent).
Fidalgo is the same family name descending from Portugal.
The first evidence of the surname HIDALGO
was found in Asturias, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.
Some of the first settlers of this name
or some of its variants were: Early migrants to the New World included
Bartolome Hidalgo who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1534 and Juan Hidalgo
who settled in Peru between 1578-1580 with his wife and son.
1. Originally a surname in Spain -
translated meaning "Hijo de algo," ("son of something").
2. noun; A title for a Spanish
nobleman of secondary royalty.
3. Nobel one.
Hidalgo is a term designating the lowest
degree of Spanish nobility, a rank above the ordinary gentry but below
the great lords. The status was granted either directly from the crown
(hidalgo de carta) or was inherited through birth (hidalgo de sangre).
The term was known as early as the 12th century.
The prolonged warfare to re-conquer Spain
from the Moors especially necessitated the continuous expansion of this
knightly class. Although it did not have any political importance, the
rank gave its members privileges such as use of the title Don and considerable
exemption from taxation.
The "hidalgo" is a familiar character in
Spanish literature, often being portrayed as a vagabond knight.
Hidalgo is commonly used in Mexico to name
mountains, lakes, rivers, streets, cities, counties and a state. The name
is also used for counties, cities and streets in the U.S. including California,
Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oregon, Colorado, Louisiana, Florida, South
Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Illinois.
Hidalgo (a Catholic Priest) is considered the liberating founding
father of Mexico - guaranteeing the freedom of all Mexicans from Spanish
rule. His name, to the people of Mexico, is the equivalent of George
Washington or Abraham Lincoln to the people of the United States of America.
of Guadalupe Hidalgo between Mexico and the United States reserves
the rights of Mexican immigrants to a fair assimilation into the U.S.
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A block-buster action adventure movie by
Touchstone Pictures - 2004
In 1920 the asteroid 944 Hidalgo was discovered, whose orbit stretches between the orbits of Mars and Saturn. Hidalgo travels further from the sun (a = 5.8 AU) than any other asteroid. It moves in a plane inclined to the plane of the ecliptic at an angle of 42.5°. The aphelion of Hidalgo is approximately equal to the mean distance of Saturn to the sun.