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

The mountainous borders of Spain contain the origins of the prestigious surname Munoz. 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. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. Some names are derived from the saints of the Christian Church, but many Spanish surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. The Visigoths, who ruled Spain between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries had a profound impact on the development of surnames.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Muñoz, Munoz, Muñiz, Muniz, Muño, Muno, Muñones and many more.

First found in Galicia and Castile, important Christian kingdoms of medieval Spain.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Munoz research. Another 209 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1077, 1101, 1684 and 1737 are included under the topic Early Munoz History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 121 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Munoz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Gonzalo Muñoz, who arrived in San Juan Island in 1511
  • Pedro Muñoz, who settled in the Dominican Republic in 1517
  • Miguel Muñoz, who opted for Venezuela in 1534
  • Diego Muñoz, who arrived in Guatemala in 1538
  • Hernando Muñoz, who arrived in Florida in 1538

Munoz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mateo Munoz, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Lorenzo Munoz, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Garcia Munoz, who landed in America in 1812
  • Isabel Munoz, who landed in America in 1813
  • Martin Munoz, who landed in America in 1813


  • Anthony Muñoz (b. 1958), American Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle
  • David Muñoz (b. 1968), Spanish director, producer, and screenwriter
  • Juan José Muñoz (1950-2013), Argentine businessman, President of Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata
  • Rafael Felipe Muñoz (1899-1972), Mexican journalist, novelist and writer of short stories
  • Manolo Muñoz (1941-2000), Mexican singer and actor
  • León Darío Muñoz (b. 1977), Colombian soccer player
  • Gustavo Enrique Madero Muñoz (b. 1955), Mexican politician and businessman
  • Francisco Jose Yndurain Muñoz (1940-2008), Spanish theoretical physicist
  • Felipe Muñoz (b. 1951), Mexican Olympic champion breaststroke swimmer


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The Munoz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Munoz 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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