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

The mountainous borders of Spain contain the origins of the prestigious surname Moniz. 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. Spanish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century and the most common patronymic suffix is ez. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. Some names are derived from the saints of the Christian Church, but many Spanish surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. The Visigoths, who ruled Spain between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries had a profound impact on the development of surnames.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Muñoz, Munoz, Muñiz, Muniz, Muño, Muno, Muñones and many more.

First found in Galicia and Castile, important Christian kingdoms of medieval Spain.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moniz research. Another 209 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1077, 1101, 1684 and 1737 are included under the topic Early Moniz History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 121 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moniz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moniz Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Francisco Moniz, who arrived in Spanish Main in 1836

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  • Wendy Moniz (b. 1969), American actress
  • Frankie "Shorty" Moniz (1911-2004), U.S. soccer player
  • António Caetano de Abreu Freire Egas Moniz (1874-1955), Portuguese neurosurgeon
  • Ana Lúcia Pereira Moniz (b. 1976), Portuguese singer and actress
  • Martim Moniz (1147-1147), Portuguese knight of noble birth, and famous figure in the Siege of Lisbon in 1147
  • Febo Moniz (1515-1580), Portuguese nobleman
  • Ricardo Moniz (b. 1964), Dutch football coach
  • Filipa Moniz (1455-1484), Portuguese noblewoman
  • Jerónimo Moniz, Portuguese nobleman
  • Garcia Moniz, Portuguese nobleman

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  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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  4. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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  6. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  7. 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.
  8. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
  9. 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.
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The Moniz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moniz 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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