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Where did the Spanish Gonzalez family come from? What is the Spanish Gonzalez family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gonzalez family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gonzalez family history?

The mountainous borders of Spain contain the origins of the prestigious surname Gonzalez. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Spain were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The surname Gonzalez is made up of two elements: "Gonzalo," a personal name thought to be derived from the Visigothic "Gundesaelf," meaning "battle elf," and "-ez," the Spanish patronymic suffix.


Spelling variations of this family name include: González, Gonzalez, Gundisalvez, Gonsalviz, Gonzálvez, Gonzalvez, Gonçalve, Gonzales, Gonzalo, Gozalo, Monsalve, Monsabre, Gosalviz, Gosalvez, Goçalez, Gunzáloz, Gunzaloz, Galbis, Gálvez and many more.

First found in Castile, where the name originated in Visigothic times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gonzalez research. Another 191 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1366, 1407, 1382, 1407, 1391, 1464, 1503, 1086, 1492, 1612 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Gonzalez History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 455 words(32 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gonzalez Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Alonso and Gil González de Avila, brothers who traveled with the conquistador Hernán Cortés to Mexico. Gil became Governor of the Yucatan
  • Martín González, a cleric who accompanied the conquistador Alvar Núñez to Paraguay in 1540 and wrote extensively to King Charles of his travels
  • Pedro González de Prado voyaged to Chile in the 1540s
  • Francisco González, who emigrated to Nicaragua in 1562
  • Andrea González, traveled to Peru in 1562

Gonzalez Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Bernardo Gonzalez, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Pero Gonzalez, who landed in America in 1811
  • Leonor Gonzalez, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Macias Gonzalez, who landed in America in 1814
  • Bartolome Gonzalez, who landed in America in 1814

Gonzalez Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Bruno Gonzalez, who landed in Alabama in 1922


  • Richard "Pancho" González (1928-1995), World No. 1 tennis player
  • Diodoro Vaca González, Spanish historian
  • Felipe González (b. 1942), Prime Minister
  • Alfonso Guerra González, Spanish politician
  • Alberto Hermoso González (b. 1927), painter
  • José Domingo Posada González (b. 1940), Spanish member of the European Parliament
  • Ángel Gonzalez (b. 1925), Spanish poet
  • Ricard Cardus González (b. 1988), Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle racer
  • Raúl González (b. 1952), 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist in track and field
  • Carlos Nogueira González (b. 1899), Chilean engineer



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  2. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
  3. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. 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. 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.
  6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  11. ...

The Gonzalez Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gonzalez Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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