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The distinguished Spanish surname Alaniz is derived from the place name where the initial bearer lived or held land. The place name "Alaniz" is derived from the Germanic name "Allen" and the patronymic suffix "-is," denoting "son or descendant." Therefore, the family surname Alaniz has its origins as the "son or descendant of Allen."

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The surname Alaniz was first found in the region near the city of Leon. However, the surname Alaniz also has roots in the Southern region of Andalucia in Sevilla. This branch of the family surname Alaniz was identified as being from the small town bearing the same name.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Alanis, Alaniz, Alaiz and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alaniz research. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 178 and 1786 are included under the topic Early Alaniz History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Alaniz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Alaniz Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Mercedes Alaniz, aged 20, who settled in America from Mexico, in 1904
  • Andres Alaniz, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States from Mexico, Mexico, in 1908
  • Pedro Alaniz, aged 47, who landed in America from Valencia, Spain, in 1914
  • Monaco Alaniz, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States, in 1920

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  • Adrian Alaniz (b. 1984), American professional baseball player, right-handed pitching prospect for the Washington Nationals
  • Adam Alaniz, award-winning American artist
  • John Alaniz, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 55th District, 2012
  • Ricardo Alaníz Posada (b. 1937), Mexican businessman and politician
  • Americo Alaniz (b. 1919), known as Rico Alaniz, Mexican former actor in film and television, best known for his role of the Cheyenne informer "Mr. Cousin" in The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955-1959)
  • Maximiliano Manuel Alaníz Moreno (b. 1990), Argentine footballer


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  2. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
  5. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  6. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
  9. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
  10. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
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The Alaniz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Alaniz 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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