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."
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.
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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