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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.


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.


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.


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


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


  • Richard "Pancho" González (1928-1995), World No. 1 tennis player
  • Diodoro Vaca González, Spanish historian
  • Felipe González (b. 1942), Prime Minister
  • Alfonso Guerra González, Spanish politician
  • Alberto Hermoso González (b. 1927), painter
  • José Domingo Posada González (b. 1940), Spanish member of the European Parliament
  • Ángel Gonzalez (b. 1925), Spanish poet
  • Ricard Cardus González (b. 1988), Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle racer
  • Raúl González (b. 1952), 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist in track and field
  • Carlos Nogueira González (b. 1899), Chilean engineer



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  1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  4. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
  9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. 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).
  11. ...

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.

This page was last modified on 16 March 2015 at 14:48.

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