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

The distinguished surname Diaz comes from Spain, a country rich in culture and history. 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."


Spelling variations of this family name include: Díaz, Diaz, Didaz, Díez, Diez, Diz, Diago and others.

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


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Diaz research. Another 442 words(32 lines of text) covering the years 1056 and 1233 are included under the topic Early Diaz History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 85 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Diaz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Bernal Díaz del Castillo traveled to Cuba, then accompanied Hernán Cortés to Mexico
  • Luis Díaz, who emigrated to Cuba in 1561
  • Catalina Díaz, to Nicaragua in 1563
  • Alonso Díaz, to Florida in 1563
  • Bartolomé Díaz, to Peru in 1563

Diaz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Andres Diaz, who arrived in Spanish Main in 1768

Diaz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Maria DelRosario Diaz, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1802
  • Jose Diaz, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Felix Diaz, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Rosa Diaz, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1804
  • Alonso Diaz, who arrived in America in 1811


  • Alan Diaz, American reporter who won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography
  • Cameron Michelle Diaz (b. 1972), American four-time Golden Globe nominated, BAFTA nominated actress
  • Alyssa Diaz (b. 1987), American actress
  • Mariano Diaz Diaz (b. 1939), Spanish professional road bicycle racer in the 1960s; he won a stage of the 1967 Vuelta a España
  • Antonio Díaz Gil (1934-2014), known as Liz II, a Spanish professional footballer
  • Daniel Vázquez Díaz, Spanish artist
  • Manuel Diaz (1874-1929), Cuban Olympic gold medalist for fencing at the 1904 Summer Games
  • Antonio José Ledezma Díaz (b. 1955), Venezuelan lawyer and politician, 3rd Metropolitan Mayor of Caracas (2008-)
  • Simón Narciso Díaz Márquez (1928-2014), Venezuelan Grammy Award winning composer and singer
  • Diomedes de Jesús Díaz Maestre (1956-2013), Colombian vallenato singer, song-writer, and composer




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  2. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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  4. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  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.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  11. ...

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

This page was last modified on 2 June 2015 at 08:13.

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