The distinguished surname Guzman 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."
Early Origins of the Guzman family
The surname Guzman was first found in Leon, where the name originated in Visigothic times. Perhaps one of the most famous of the family was Alonso Pérez de Guzmán (1256-1309), known as Guzmán el Bueno ("the goodman"), a Spanish nobleman, progenitor of the dukes of Medina Sidonia lineage. He is generally thought to have been born in Léon but may have been a non-Spaniard by descent. In 1296, while in defense of the town of Tarifa, his son was offered in exchange for the surrender of the town. He reportedly threw down his knife for the besiegers to use in killing his son. For his sacrifice, he was granted large swaths of lands and thus began the dynasty.
Important Dates for the Guzman family
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Guzman Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Guzmán, Guzman, Gozman, Gotmen, De Guzman and many more.
Early Notables of the Guzman family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family were Domingo Guzmán (1170-1221), born in Old Castille, better known as St. Dominic, founder of the Dominican Order of Preaching Friars, known all over the Christian world for his piety and good works; Eleanor de Guzman (1310-1351), a Castilian noblewoman and long-term mistress to Alfonso XI of Castile, mother of King Henry II of Castile; Diego Ramirez de Guzman (died 1508) became the Bishop of Catania June 1500, after having been promoted previously to Bishop of Lugo, February 1500; Don Alonso Pérez de Guzmán y de Zúñiga-Sotomayor, 7th Duke of Medina Sidonia (1550-1615), Grandee of...
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Guzman migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Typical Guzman Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Guzman Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
- Leonor Guzmán, who immigrated to Hispaniola in 1560
- Diego Guzmán, moved to New Granada in 1561
- Juan Guzmán, who settled in Peru in 1561
- Lucía Guzmán,sailed to Nicaragua in 1566
- Elvira Guzmán, traveled to Guatemala in 1566
Guzman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Pedro De Guzman, who arrived in America in 1809 
- Pero Guzman, who landed in America in 1813 
- Francisco De Guzman, who arrived in America in 1813 
- Alonso De Guzman, who landed in America in 1815 
- Juan De Guzman, who landed in America in 1817 
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Contemporary Notables of the name Guzman (post 1700)
- José-Manuel Garrido Guzmán (b. 1945), Spanish biologist
- José Florencio Guzmán Correa (1929-2017), Chilean politician, Minister of Defence (1998-1999)
- María Magdalena "Magda" Guzmán Garza (1931-2015), Mexican two-time TVyNovelas Award winning actress
- Braulio Luna Guzmán (b. 1974), Mexican footballer
- Jacobo Arbenz Guzman (1913-1971), President of Guatemala (1951 to 1954)
- Vanessa Guzman Neibla (b. 1976), Mexican actress and model
- Luis Guzmán (b. 1956), Puerto Rican actor
- Juan Guzmán Correa (b. 1966), Dominican professional baseball player
- Alejandra Gabriela Guzmán Pinal (b. 1968), award-winning Mexican rock singer and actress
- Claudio Guzman (1927-2008), Chilean-American television director, producer, art director, and production designer perhaps best known for his work as director and producer of the television series I Dream of Jeannie
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- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)