Morning name: Archuleta

This morning’s name was just a surname — Archuleta — that could belong to a number of people who might have come by me, but most likely belongs to the singer David Archuleta (though I can’t recall having seen or heard him before this morning).

On the name, which has its own Wikipedia page:

Archuleta is a unique New Mexican family name with origins in the Basque Country of Spain. … The name Archuleta is a Castillian derivation of Basque Arechuleta, which ultimately comes from the place name Arechavaleta (Basque: Aretxabaleta) … “wide place where oak trees grow.”

People with the surname:

Adam Archuleta (born 1977), American football player
David Archuleta (born 1990), American singer
David Archuleta (kickboxer) (born 1982), American kickboxer
Eppie Archuleta (1922–2014), American weaver
Felipe Archuleta (1910-1991), American folk artist

On David Archuleta, from Wikipedia:

David James Archuleta (born December 28, 1990 [in Miami; grew up in Murray UT]) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. At ten years old, he won the children’s division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances.When he was twelve years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2. In 2007, at sixteen years old, he became one of the youngest contestants on the seventh season of American Idol. In May 2008 he finished as the runner-up, receiving 44 percent of over 97 million votes.

Starting in 2008, Archuleta released a series of high-selling albums. In 2012 he took a two-year hiatus to serve as a missionary for the Mormon church in Chile.

Archuleta as a teen heart throb:

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