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The prestigious surname Saenz originated in Spain. 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. The name Saenz is derived from the extremely popular medieval given name Sancho. This given name was originally derived from the Latin name Sanctius, a derivative of "sanctus." The name owes its popularity to the fact that it was borne by a 9th century martyr of Cordova.

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The surname Saenz was first found in Castile, where the name originated in Visigothic times.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sánchez, Sanchez, Sans, Sanx, Sanz, Sainz, Sáenz, Saenz, Saiz, Sáez, Saez, Sánguez, Sanguez, Sánchiz and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Saenz research. Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1019, 1370, 1550, and 1610 are included under the topic Early Saenz History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 247 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Saenz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Saenz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Tomas Saenz, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1869
  • Rafael Saenz, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1876
  • Juan Saenz, who arrived in Peru in 1892
  • Alberta J. Saenz, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • Alex Saenz, aged 40, who settled in America, in 1895


Saenz Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Camilo Saenz, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Frank Saenz, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States, in 1912
  • Enrique Saenz, aged 12, who settled in America, in 1912
  • Eugenio Saenz, aged 45, who landed in America, in 1912
  • Amandeo Saenz, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Havana, Cuba, in 1914


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  • Gabino Sáenz (b. 1989), undefeated Mexican American professional boxer
  • Benjamin Alire Sáenz (b. 1954), award-winning American poet, novelist and writer of children's books
  • Christopher Andrew Sáenz (b. 1981), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Edwin Matthew Saenz (1923-1971), American football running back
  • Manuel Antonio Blas Sáenz, the 18th President (then called Supreme Director) of Nicaragua
  • Raúl Alfonso Sáenz (1910-1982), Mexican business man
  • Pedro Rubiano Sáenz (b. 1932), Cardinal and Roman Catholic Archbishop Emeritus of Bogotá in the Roman Catholic Church
  • Antonio Sáenz (1780-1825), Argentine statesman, educator and cleric
  • Jaime Sáenz (1921-1986), Bolivian poet, novelist, and short story writer
  • Olmedo Sáenz (b. 1970), former Major League Baseball player from Panama

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  2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. 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. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
  10. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
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The Saenz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Saenz 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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