The Carvallo name is the Lusitan form of the Galician name Carballo. Its
origin is taxonomic and derived from the name of the place where one lived or the
property owner was from and the founder of the lineage. Carvallo was taken directly
from "Carballo", which was a place in the province of Lugo in
Galicia. Hence, someone from that province was someone from Carballo. Carballo comes from the Portuguese word Carvalho, which means
Oak. Therefore, this name means the place where the Oaks come from. In
Portugal, Carvalho is also the name of a province in the district of Peñacova,
within the Carvalho Mountains. In Spain, during the re-conquest years, the
name Carballo was extended from Galicia to the peninsula and to the Canary
The Portuguese branch of the lineage is traced
back to Bartolomeo Domingues de Carvalho, whose son Fernao Gomez de Carvalho was
a military officer under the son of King Dinis of Portugal. One of the
sons of Fernao, Gil Fernandes de Carvalho, was made a noble man in Spain as part
of the order of the Caballeros de Santiago. The shield of arms of the
family can be described as follows: Three ostrich feathers on top of the
navy blue shield. On the navy blue shield, there is one bright golden
eight point star surrounded by eight white crescent moons.
Another important ancestor is Sebastião José
de Carvalho e Mello, Marquês de Pombal (1699-1782), a Portuguese statesman, who
was the virtual ruler of the country during the reign (1750-77) of Joseph
was born in Lisbon on May 13, 1699, and educated at the University of Coimbra.
In 1738 he was appointed ambassador to London and seven years later was sent to
Vienna in a similar capacity. In 1750 King Joseph appointed him minister of
state, and he soon proved his administrative talents. When a devastating
earthquake struck Lisbon in 1755, he organized the relief efforts and planned
its rebuilding. He was made chief minister in 1756, and from then on his powers
were practically absolute. Sebastião
abolished slavery in Portugal, reorganized the educational system, and published
a new code of laws. In addition he effected the reorganization of the army, the
introduction of new colonists into the Portuguese settlements, and the
establishment of an East India Company and other companies for trade with
Brazil. Agriculture, commerce, and finances were all improved. The king made
him a marquis in 1770. Sebastião's
power ended with the death of the king.
Sebastião retired to Pombal, where he died on May 8, 1782.
One of the branches of this lineage settled in Viscaya, where its
members change its spelling to Carvallo, matching the "v" in Viscaya. A descendent of that house was Mencia Carvallo who married Juan de la Guerra Leguizamon, who was the owner of
Begoña and died in Tarifa. Another branch of the lineage is traced to Benigno
Carvallo Wanquemerk, who was born in Isla de la Palma in 1828 and became a lawyer
at the University of Seville and later a teacher at the School of Commerce at
the University of Madrid.
the Carvallo, with a "v", lineage dates its origins back to Viscaya.
During most recent findings, several members of this lineage sailed for
the new world in the latter 1800s, arriving in countries like Chile, Argentina,
Mexico, USA, and Venezuela. The lineage that established itself in Venezuela
built roots in Caracas and Valencia. Most of the members of this lineage
became businessmen, lawyers, politicians and economists. On the branch that
settled itself in Valencia, it is worth
mentioning that six members of the family have been Governors of the city and
its state over the last 100 years. There is an interesting cross lineage
in the Carvallo family with the Arvelo family and the Belouche family worth
sharing. Luis Felipe Carvallo Arvelo and Salvador Carvallo Arvelo, who was
a Governor of the State of Carabobo and a co-founder of the Colegio Don Bosco,
were sons of of Luis Carvallo Alvarez and Ana Teresa Arvelo Belouche. Ana
Teresa was the daughter of Rafael Arvelo, a famous writer whose name was chosen
to name a County in the State of Carabobo, and Colombia Belouche, the daughter
of Renato Belouche. Renato Belouche was a leading contributor to the independence
of Venezuela, as he donated several war ships and fought under Simon Bolivar's
command in several naval battles against the Spanish Royal Navy.
Luis Felipe Carvallo Arvelo had
seven kids. Oscar E. Carvallo G., the youngest of the seven,
who was a poet, a radio personality, a journalist and a lawyer by profession, turned
to politics early on in his life. He participated in the take down of the
dictatorship in 1957
at the age of 18 and became Carabobo's general secretary for
the leading political party in the early 60s. After a successful
administration as secretary general, he run for public office and was elected
to state and national congressman seats during the 60s and the 70s.
During his time in the national congress, Oscar E. Carvallo G. focused his
legislative energy to improve environmental, human rights, tourism and labor
laws. During his busy career he met and married Sonia del Rosario Sambrano
Toro and had one
son, Andrés E. Carvallo. At the national congress, Oscar was chairman of the tourism
committee in the house of representatives, when he
passed away in 1977. He was buried with the highest of honors (flag on
coffin, 21 gun salute, and several proclamations) and the ranking of a two star general of the Venezuelan Armed Forces.
In 1991, Andrés E. Carvallo married Angela
Dawn Chambers. They have three children. Alexandra Lauren, Andres
Josephe (AJ), and Austin Theodore.