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

Noble surnames, such as Montanez, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Montanez, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. In Spain, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Montanez family originally lived in a mountainous region of that province. This local name was originally derived from the Spanish word monte, which means hill or wooded upland.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Montoya, de Montoya, Monte, Montes, de Montes, Móntez, Montez, Montero, Monteros, de los Monteros, Montecillo, Montejo, de Montejo, Mont, Montaña, Montana, Montaño and many more.

First found in the Basque region of northern Spain.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Montanez research. Another 387 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 128 and 1289 are included under the topic Early Montanez History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 161 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Montanez Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Montanez Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Francisca Montanez, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • Jose Montanez, aged 11, who emigrated to America, in 1894

Montanez Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Susana Montanez, aged 21, who settled in America from San Juan, in 1904
  • Francisco Montanez, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1912
  • Jose Montanez, aged 33, who landed in America from Canile, Spain, in 1913
  • Albord Juan Montanez, aged 27, who landed in America from Valencia, Spain, in 1914
  • Carlos Montanez, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States from Barcelona, Spain, in 1919


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  • Guillermo Montañez (b. 1948), former American Major League Baseball first baseman
  • Cindy Montañez (b. 1974), American Democratic Assemblywoman
  • Román Montañez, Spanish professional basketball player
  • Andrés Montañez (b. 1942), salsa singer from Puerto Rico
  • Luis Anibal Montañez (b. 1981), Puerto Rican professional baseball outfielder
  • Polo Montañez (1955-2002), Cuban singer and songwriter
  • Pedro Montañez (1914-1996), boxer from Cayey, Puerto Rico


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  5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
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  8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Montanez Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Montanez 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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