Sometimes the place of origin was used or added as a second surname, preceded by the word "de" or "del" ("from" or "from the"). Thus we have surnames such as de León ("from Leon"), "del Valle" ("from the valley"), "del Monte" ("from the mountain"), and "Nuñez de Villavicencio" ("Nuñez from the town of Vicencio or Villavicencio"). Over time, the "de" may have been dropped from the surname.
Before the arrival of Spaniards to the Yucatán Peninsula, the name of this region was Mayab .  In the Mayan language , " ma' ya'ab " is translated as "a few". It was a very important region for the Mayan civilization , which reached the peak of its development here, where the Mayans founded the cities of Chichen Itza , Izamal , Motul , Mayapan , Ek' Balam and Ichcaanzihóo (also called T'ho), now Mérida.