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The distinguished surname Armijo has its roots in Spain and is of occupational origin. The surname Armijo is derived from the Spanish adjective "armigero," which means "one who bears arms." Therefore, the initial bearer of the surname Armijo may have been someone who worked in an armory, or who was a sentinel or a soldier.

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The surname Armijo was first found in the region of Cantabria near the cities of Laredo and Santander.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Armija, Armijos, Armigo and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Armijo research. Another 346 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1662 and 1731 are included under the topic Early Armijo History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 81 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Armijo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Armijo Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Eloisa Armijo, aged 45, who arrived in America, in 1906
  • Ernesto Armijo, aged 40, who arrived in America, in 1919
  • Carlo Armijo, aged 24, who arrived in America from San Felipe, Chile, in 1920
  • Oscar Armijo, aged 21, who arrived in America, in 1920
  • John Armijo, aged 42, who arrived in America, in 1923


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  • Maria Christina Armijo (b. 1951), American district judge for the United States District Court
  • Rene Armijo Jr. (b. 1983), American professional boxer
  • Manuel Armijo (1793-1853), American soldier and statesman who served three times as governor of New Mexico
  • Louis E. Armijo, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Mexico, 1932, 1940, 1944
  • Jose E. Armijo, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Mexico, 1952, 1960, 1972
  • Alex J. Armijo, American Democrat politician, New Mexico public land commissioner, 1972
  • Alan B. Armijo, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2001
  • Jose Enrique Armijo (b. 1901), American lawyer
  • Antonio Armijo, Spanish Mexican explorer and merchant
  • Roberto Armijo (b. 1937), writer and poet from El Salvador


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  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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  5. 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).
  6. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
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