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

Brittany is the region of ancient France from which the name Rodriguez was derived. It comes from when the family lived in Brittany.


There were a great number of spelling variations in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Rodrigue, Roderigue, Rodrigues, Roderigues and many more.

First found in Brittany.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rodriguez research. Another 72 words(5 lines of text) covering the years 1697, 1717, and 1741 are included under the topic Early Rodriguez History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 86 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rodriguez Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Rodriguez has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Rodriguez were

  • Juan Rodríguez Serrano voyaged with Magellan as far as the Philippines, and commanded the fleet after Magellan's death in 1521
  • Vicente Rodríguez, who emigrated to Peru in 1560
  • Beatriz Rodríguez, settled in Puerto Rico in 1560
  • Sebastian Rodríguez, settled in Colombia in 1561
  • Bartolomé Rodríguez, settled in Nicaragua in 1561 with his wife Catalina and sons Francisco and Diego

Rodriguez Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Cipriano Rodriguez, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1802
  • Cristobal Rodriguez, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Catalina Rodriguez, who arrived in America in 1817
  • Fernando Rodriguez, who landed in America in 1817
  • Alexandro Rodriguez, aged 32, landed in New Orleans, La in 1825

Rodriguez Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Celestino Rodriguez, who arrived in Alabama in 1919


  • Robert Anthony Rodriguez (b. 1968), American film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, editor and musician
  • Manuel Gómez Rodríguez Gómez (1928-2006), American neurologist
  • Dr. Juan G Rodríguez, American entomologist
  • Master Sergeant Cleto Rodriguez (1923-1990), American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • Vicente Almodóvar Rodríguez, Spanish civil engineer
  • Mario Rodríguez Cobos (1938-2010), Argentine writer and founder of the Humanist Movement
  • Juan Carlos Rodríguez Ibarra (b. 1948), Spanish politician
  • Angel Jurado Rodríguez (b. 1923), Bolivian metallurgical engineer
  • Hernán Ovalle Rodríguez (b. 1910), Chilean architect
  • Enrique Rodríguez (b. 1951), Spanish Olympic boxer



  • Our Rodriguez Family: Descendants of Manuel Rodriguez and Isabel Ortega Alvarez of Spain by B.M. Rodriguez.

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  11. ...

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