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First found in cete, in the mountainous northwest of Portugal. According to the Amorial Lusitano, the portguese family of this name are descended from Goncalo Ouveques, founder of the monastery of Cete, and father of diogo Ouvaquez de urro, who fought under King Alphonso Henrique of Portugal in the battle of campo de Ourique.
First found in Ile-de-france, where the family has held a family seat since ancient times.
First found in Brunswick, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.