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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."

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The surname Diaz was first found in Castile, where the name originated in Visigothic times.

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


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Prominent among members of the family were Gonzalo Didaz, son of a Castilian count, whose name appears in a document dated 921; Asur Díaz, Count of Saldaña in 1056; Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, "El Cid", the legendary hero of the Reconquest; Lope Díaz...

Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Diaz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Diaz Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • 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
  • Ana Díaz, to Hispaniola in 1565
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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
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  • Alan Diaz, American reporter who won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography
  • Eddie Diaz, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Florida 8th District, 2002
  • David Diaz, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1988
  • Darma Diaz, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2004
  • Dani Diaz, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Idaho, 2004
  • Carlos Diaz, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Puerto Rico, 2008
  • Eddie Diaz, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 2008
  • Ernesto Diaz (b. 1965), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 2004
  • Francisco Diaz, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly 68th District, 1995-96; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1996; Member, Platform Committee, 2008
  • Grace Diaz, American Democrat politician, Vice-chair of Rhode Island Democratic Party, 2008; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Rhode Island, 2008
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
    10. 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).
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