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

The prestigious surname Ruiz originated in Spain, a country which has figured prominently in world affairs for hundreds of years. The name is patronymic in origin, deriving from the name of the father of the initial bearer, and its roots can be traced back to the Visigoths, the Germanic tribe who ruled Spain between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries. Ruiz is derived from the Germanic personal name "Hrodric," which is composed of the elements "hrod," meaning "renown," and "ric," meaning "power." Thus, the name Ruiz combines this personal name with the patronymic suffix "-ez," and refers to "a famous ruler."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Rodríguez, Rodriguez, Rhodriquez, Rhodriguez, Rodriz, Rodríguiz, Rodriguiz, Rodrigo, Roderiz, Ruderiz, Roiz and many more.

First found in Castile, where the name originated in Visigothic times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ruiz research. Another 456 words(33 lines of text) covering the years 1194, 1199, 1228, 1300, 1380, 1410, 1440, and 1581 are included under the topic Early Ruiz History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 155 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ruiz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ruiz Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Mateo Ruiz, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Jose Ruiz, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1804
  • Felix Ruiz, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1804
  • Jeronimo Ruiz, who landed in America in 1813
  • Marco Ruiz, who arrived in America in 1813


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  • Chico Ruiz, American professional baseball player
  • Aldeano Ruiz, American engineer
  • José Martínez Ruiz, better known as "Azorín," Spanish writer, critic and member of the celebrated "Generation of 1898"
  • Julian Eugenio Zarate Ruiz (b. 1942), Spanish doctor and surgeon
  • Fermín Cacho Ruiz (b. 1969), Spanish gold and silver medalist at the 1992 Olympics
  • Private First Class Alejandro R Renteria Ruiz (1923-2009), American soldier, awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • Adolfo Ruiz Cortines (1890-1973), Mexican politician, President of Mexico 1952-1958
  • Hector de Jesus Ruiz (b. 1945), former CEO & executive chairman of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD)


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