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Origin Displayed: Spanish

Origins Available: French, Spanish

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rodríguez, Rodriguez, Rhodriquez, Rhodriguez, Rodriz, Rodríguiz, Rodriguiz, Rodrigo, Roderiz, Ruderiz, Roiz and many more.

First found in Castile, where the name originated in Visigothic times.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Among the early explorers of the New World was Francisco Ruiz Galán, who journeyed to Argentina with Pedro de Mendoza in 1536. Also of note was Garci Rodríguez de Vergara, who accompanied Alvar Núñez to Paraguay in 1542. His brother Pedro remained in Spain as confessor to King Philip II. Juan Rodríguez Serrano voyaged with Magellan as far as the Philippines, and commanded the fleet after Magellan's death in 1521. Other members of the family who were early emigrants to Spain's colonies in the New World included Vicente, who emigrated to Peru in 1560.

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Some noteworthy people of the name Rodrigues
  • Rafael Caldera Rodrigues, former President of Venezuela
  • Ernesto Rodrigues (b. 1959), Portuguese composer
  • Ferro Rodrigues (b. 1949), Portuguese politician
  • Guilherme Rodrigues, Portuguese jazz musician
  • Benjamin Olinde Rodrigues (1795-1851), French banker, mathematician, and social reformer
  • Amália da Piedade Rodrigues GCSE, GCIH (1920-1999), Portuguese singer and actress
  • Américo de Deus Rodrigues Tomás GCC, GOA, GOSE (1894-1987), Portuguese admiral and politician, the 13th President of Portugal
  • António Pedro Nobre Carmona Rodrigues (b. 1956), Portuguese university professor and politician, mayor of Lisbon
  • Dom Diego "Roiz" Rodrigues (1500-1577), Portuguese explorer of the Indian Ocean
  • Hermes Rodrigues da Fonseca (1855-1923), Brazilian soldier and politician

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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