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Where did the Spanish Armijo family come from? What is the Spanish Armijo family crest and coat of arms? 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 were:

Armijo Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Eloisa Armijo, aged 45, who arrived in America, in 1906
  • Ernesto Armijo, aged 40, who arrived in America, in 1919
  • Carlo Armijo, aged 24, who arrived in America from San Felipe, Chile, in 1920
  • Oscar Armijo, aged 21, who arrived in America, in 1920
  • John Armijo, aged 42, who arrived in America, in 1923


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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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  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
  6. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
  7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
  10. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
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The Armijo Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Armijo 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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