Show ContentsAlmanza History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Almanza is the name of a noble family whose roots are Spanish, but has been greatly influenced by the Moorish occupation of the region during the early Middle Ages. The word "almanza" comes from the Arabic words "al-mansa" meaning "the house."

Early Origins of the Almanza family

The surname Almanza was first found in the judicial district of Sahagún, province of León. The surname Almanza was taken from a village of the same name. Its progenitor was Don Lope Díaz de Cinfontes, who took the name "Almanza" for possessing the Lordship of this village. Don Lope was also the Master Guard of the King and is laid to rest in the Grand Chapel of Sotnobal. Over his sepulcher is written the following epitaph: "Here lies Lope Diaz de Cinfontes, Lord of Almanza; God have mercy on his soul..."

Early History of the Almanza family

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Almanza Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Almansa, Almanzan and others.

Early Notables of the Almanza family

Prominent among bearers of the Almanza family name at this time was

  • Don Martín Enríquez de Almanza (died 1583), the fourth viceroy of New Spain (1568 to 1580) and later viceroy of Peru (1581 to his death in 1583)

Almanza Ranking

In the United States, the name Almanza is the 3,760th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]

United States Almanza migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Almanza Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Juan De Almanza, who arrived in Peru in 1884 [2]
Almanza Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Brigida Almanza, aged 5, who landed in America from Montelleria, Trapani, in 1909

Contemporary Notables of the name Almanza (post 1700) +

  • Albert Almanza, Mexican-born, American former Olympic athlete and college basketball player
  • Armando N. Almanza (b. 1972), American Major League Baseball former left-handed relief pitcher who played from 1999 to 2005
  • María Guadalupe García Almanza (b. 1960), Mexican politician from the Citizens' Movement
  • Ashley Martin Almanza (b. 1964), South African businessman, Chief Executive Officer of G4S plc (2013-)
  • Rose Mary Almanza Blanco (b. 1992), Cuban silver medalist middle distance runner at the 2011 CAC Championships
  • Juan Carlos Almanza (1852-1923), Argentine physician
  • Hector Raúl Almanza (b. 1912), Mexican poet, lawyer and politician
  • Cleofas Almanza (1850-1915), Mexican painter
  • Ricardo Almanza Gordoa (b. 1896), Mexican diplomat

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook