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

The surname Almanza is the name of a noble family whose roots are Spanish, but has been greatly influenced by the Moorish occupation of the region during the early Middle Ages. The word "almanza" comes from the Arabic words "al-mansa" meaning "the house."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Almansa, Almanzan and others.

First found in the judicial district of Sahagún, province of León. The surname Almanza was taken from a village of the same name. Its progenitor was Don Lope Díaz de Cinfontes, who took the name "Almanza" for possessing the Lordship of this village. Don Lope was also the Master Guard of the King and is laid to rest in the Grand Chapel of Sotnobal. Over his sepulcher is written the following epitaph: "Here lies Lope Diaz de Cinfontes, Lord of Almanza; God have mercy on his soul..."


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Almanza research. Another 149 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1393 and 1533 are included under the topic Early Almanza History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 113 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Almanza Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Almanza Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Juan De Almanza, who arrived in Peru in 1884

Almanza Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Brigida Almanza, aged 5, who landed in America from Montelleria, Trapani, in 1909

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  • Cleofas Almanza (1850-1915), Mexican painter
  • Hector Raúl Almanza (b. 1912), Mexican poet, lawyer and politician
  • Juan Carlos Almanza (1852-1923), doctor from Argentina


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  1. 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.
  2. Diez, Ma Del Carmen Galbis. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias Durante los siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Archivo General de Indias Sevilla Volume 6. Murcia, Spain: Ministerio de Cultura, 1986. Print.
  3. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
  6. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
  9. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
  10. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
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The Almanza Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Almanza 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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