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

The mountainous borders of Spain contain the origins of the prestigious surname Gonzalez. 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. The surname Gonzalez is made up of two elements: "Gonzalo," a personal name thought to be derived from the Visigothic "Gundesaelf," meaning "battle elf," and "-ez," the Spanish patronymic suffix.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: González, Gonzalez, Gundisalvez, Gonsalviz, Gonzálvez, Gonzalvez, Gonçalve, Gonzales, Gonzalo, Gozalo, Monsalve, Monsabre, Gosalviz, Gosalvez, Goçalez, Gunzáloz, Gunzaloz, Galbis, Gálvez 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 Gonzalez research. Another 191 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1366, 1407, 1382, 1407, 1391, 1464, 1503, 1086, 1492, 1612 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Gonzalez History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 455 words(32 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gonzalez Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Alonso and Gil González de Avila, brothers who traveled with the conquistador Hernán Cortés to Mexico. Gil became Governor of the Yucatan
  • Martín González, a cleric who accompanied the conquistador Alvar Núñez to Paraguay in 1540 and wrote extensively to King Charles of his travels
  • Pedro González de Prado voyaged to Chile in the 1540s
  • Francisco González, who emigrated to Nicaragua in 1562
  • Andrea González, traveled to Peru in 1562


Gonzalez Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Bernardo Gonzalez, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Pero Gonzalez, who landed in America in 1811
  • Leonor Gonzalez, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Macias Gonzalez, who landed in America in 1814
  • Bartolome Gonzalez, who landed in America in 1814


Gonzalez Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Bruno Gonzalez, who landed in Alabama in 1922

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  • Nicholas James Gonzalez M.D. (1947-2015), American physician, known for developing the Gonzalez regimen (or Gonzalez protocol), an alternative cancer treatment
  • Richard "Pancho" González (1928-1995), World No. 1 tennis player
  • Ricard Cardus González (b. 1988), Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle racer
  • Ángel Gonzalez (b. 1925), Spanish poet
  • Alberto Hermoso González (b. 1927), painter
  • Alfonso Guerra González, Spanish politician
  • Felipe González (b. 1942), Prime Minister
  • Diodoro Vaca González, Spanish historian
  • José Domingo Posada González (b. 1940), Spanish member of the European Parliament
  • Reynaldo Gonzalez Lopez (1948-2015), Cuban-born member on the International Olympic Committee

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  1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  3. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  4. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
  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. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
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The Gonzalez Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gonzalez 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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