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Where did the Garza coat of arms come from? When did the Garza family first arrive in the United States?

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Origin Displayed: Spanish

Spelling variations of this family name include: Garza, de Garza, de la Garza, Garzo, Garzón and many more.

First found in Galicia, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Migrants to the New World include Juan de la Garza, who sailed to America in 1514; Juan Garzón sailed to Cuba in 1533; Juan Garzón sailed to Panama in 1535.

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Suggested Readings for the name Garza
Origin of the Surnames Garza and Trevino in Nuevo Leon by Tomas Mendirichaga Cueva, Stolen Heritage: A Mexican-American's Rediscovery of His Family's Lost Land Grant by Abel G. Rubio.

Some noteworthy people of the name Garza
  • Matthew Scott "Matt" Garza (b. 1983), American Major League baseball pitcher
  • Antonio Oscar "Tony" Garza Jr. (b. 1959), American lawyer and former county judge
  • Loreto Garza (b. 1962), American three-time Golden Glove boxer
  • Roberto Garza (b. 1979), American NFL football guard
  • Alana de la Garza (b. 1976), American actress, best known for her role on Law and Order
  • Nicole Garza (b. 1982), American actress
  • Samuel Mayorga Garza Jr. (b. 1965), American former NFL and CFL professional quarterback
  • Rodrigo Garza (b. 1979), Spanish Olympic field hockey player
  • Captian Blas María de la Garza Falcón (1712-1767), Spanish settler of Tamaulipas and South Texas
  • Josele Garza (b. 1962), Mexican professional race car driver


Learn More About Spanish Surnames



Aragon, which is a region of northeastern Spain in the Iberian peninsula. Aragon has a proud cultural heritage and its own unique language. In 1137, the regions of Aragon and Catalonia united to form the Crown of Aragon, whose illustrious line of kings led the reconquest of the eastern peninsula from the Muslims. The Crown of Aragon extended its Mediterranean empire with the recapture of Mallorca in 1229 and Sicily in 1282 and it remained an important power throughout the Middle Ages. In 1469, King Ferdinand of Aragon married Isabella of Castile and this union brought together the two most powerful kingdoms of Spain to create a united Spanish nation.



Following the decline of the Roman Empire, in the 5th century AD, the Visigoths came to control the peninsula. Part of the Visigothic legacy to Spanish civilization was the introduction of the institution of monarchy. Several centuries later, in 711, the Visigothic kingdom in Spain was invaded by Muslims. Aside from a nucleus of resistance which was maintained in the north, the Muslim victory was complete by the year 718.



Spain, which is presently a state that includes the Balearic and Canary Islands and is in southwestern Europe, was originally settled by the Iberians. In the first millennium BC, the Celts, who were from central Europe, invaded and began to mingle with the native Iberians. Later, Greeks and Carthaginians colonized the coasts; however, they were replaced by the Romans by the 3rd century BC.



In 420, The Visigoths captured Spain from the Vandals and proudly returned it to Rome. Unfortunately, 18 years later the Suevi overran the peninsula.


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