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

The noble Spanish surname Atencio is a shortened Castellianized version of the ancient and noble Italian name "Atanacio," a patronymic name which is very common throughout Italy. The surname stems from the Greek, "Athanasios," and is derived from the adjective "athanatos," which means "immortal."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Atencia, Atenacio and others.

First found in the northern region of Castille, a powerful Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Atencio research. Another 336 words(24 lines of text) covering the year 1875 is included under the topic Early Atencio History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 67 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Atencio 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: Juan De Atencia who arrived in Venezuela in 1534; Adriano De Atencia who came to New Granada in 1561; Juana De Antencia who emigrated to Peru in 1593.

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  • Francis Xavier Atencio (b. 1919), former animator and Imagineer for The Walt Disney Company from 1938 until 1965
  • Abraham Atencio Castillo (b. 1977), baseball pitcher who has played for the Panamanian National Baseball Team


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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. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
  4. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  5. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  6. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. 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.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Atencio Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Atencio 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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