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

The prestigious surname Sanchez 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 Sanchez 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.


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

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


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


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Hernán Sánchez de Badajoz, who accompanied both Almagro and Pizarro to Peru and later to Costa Rica
  • Juan Sánchez de Vizcaya, who voyaged to Paraguay with Alvar Núñez in 1542
  • Gonzalo Sánchez Garzón, an early explorer of Argentina, in the 1560s
  • Catalina Sánchez, who emigrated to Mexico in 1560 with her sons Juan and Pedro
  • Anton Sánchez, arrived in Colombia in 1560

Sanchez Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Juan Manuel Sanchez, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Justo Sanchez, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Martin Sanchez, who arrived in America in 1810
  • Mateo Sanchez, who arrived in America in 1810
  • Teresa Sanchez, who landed in America in 1810


  • Ricardo Sanchez (b. 1951), American Army Lieutenant General
  • Sonia Sanchez (b. 1934), American poet, playwright, essayist, and educator
  • Loretta Sanchez (b. 1960), American politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1997-)
  • Frederick Phillip Sanchez (b. 1977), American Major League Baseball player
  • Poncho Sanchez (b. 1951), Grammy Award-winning Mexican-American conga player, Latin jazz band leader, and salsa singer considered one of the top American percussionists of our time
  • Salustiano "Shorty" Sanchez Blazquez (1901-2013), Spanish-born, American supercentenarian, the world's oldest living man
  • Ignacio Calvo Sánchez (1864-1930), Spanish writer, clergyman and archaeologist
  • Manuel Rodríguez Sánchez (1917-1947), Spanish bullfighter also known as "Manolete"
  • Luis Rafael Sánchez (b. 1936), Puerto Rican playwright
  • Roselyn Sanchez (b. 1973), Puerto Rican singer, model and actress



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  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. 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.
  7. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
  10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Sanchez Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sanchez 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 12 March 2015 at 22:25.

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