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Welcome to the official Tribiana website. Here you will find some interesting facts about the Tribiana family and where the name originated.

The Philippine surame Tribiana is ultimately of Spanish origin. Research suggests that this surname is an altered variant of the surname Triana of toponymic origin, based on the place where the inital bearer was born or resided. Thus, the name Tribiana or Triana originally identified a person from Triana in Malaga (Spain). The name Triana is derived from the Hebrew name "Ana", meaning "kind or charitable" and "tri" literally "the three Anas". The three women in question are all biblical figures: Ana the mother of Samuel, Ana the wife of Tobias and Ana the mother of the Virgin Mary. Variants of the surname Tribiana include Triano.

One Comasa Criano de Lopez was recoderd in the " Indice de los apellidos de la Orden de Carlos the 3rd". Before the Spanish arrived in the Philippines, a person's secode name was many times taken from the name of one of these children, contrary to the western custom where the son takes the name from his father. Finally, on November 21st, 1849, under the Governor Narciso Claveria, a "Catalogo Alfabetico de Apellidos" (an alphatbetic catalog of surnames) was compiled and approved names were assisned to families in all towns. The surname Tribiana has been recorded mostly in the island of Catanduanes where the Spaniards with the conquistador Juan de Salcedo and some friars were to Christianize the island later, landing in 1573. References to this surname, document a record of the birth of Maria Tribiana which took place in 1827 in the municipality of Bato, Catanduanes. Additional references include the records of the births in Bato of Manuela Tribiana in 1840, Bernardino Tribiana in 1842 and Francisco Tribiana in 1864.