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Where did the Spanish Armijo family come from? When did the Armijo family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Armijo family history?

The distinguished surname Armijo has its roots in Spain and is of occupational origin. The surname Armijo is derived from the Spanish adjective "armigero," which means "one who bears arms." Therefore, the initial bearer of the surname Armijo may have been someone who worked in an armory, or who was a sentinel or a soldier.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Armija, Armijos, Armigo and others.

First found in the region of Cantabria near the cities of Laredo and Santander.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Armijo research. Another 346 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 1662 and 1731 are included under the topic Early Armijo History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 81 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Armijo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Cristobal De Armijo who immigrated to Dominican Republic in 1576; Rodrigo De Armijo who arrived in Peru in 1577; and Francisco de Armijo who came to New Spain in 1597 with his wife and children..

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  • Jose Enrique Armijo (b. 1901), American lawyer
  • Manuel Armijo (1793-1853), American soldier and statesman who served three times as governor of New Mexico
  • Rene Armijo Jr. (b. 1983), American professional boxer
  • Maria Christina Armijo (b. 1951), American district judge for the United States District Court
  • Antonio Armijo, Spanish Mexican explorer and merchant
  • Roberto Armijo (b. 1937), writer and poet from El Salvador


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  2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  3. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
  6. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
  9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
  10. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
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