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

From the historical and enchanting region of Spain emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Pais family. 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.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Peláez, Pelaez, Peláiz, Pelaiz, Pelayo, Páez, Paez, Báez and many more.

First found in Asturias, where the Visigothic court took refuge from the Muslim occupation of Spain.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pais research. Another 386 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1052, 1238, 1403, and 1406 are included under the topic Early Pais History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 112 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pais Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pais Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Salomon Pais, who arrived in North America in 1848

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The Pais Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pais 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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