Alonso History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The mountainous borders of Spain contain the origins of the prestigious surname Alonso. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Spain were 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. Some names are derived from the saints of the Christian Church, but many Spanish surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin.
Early Origins of the Alonso family
The surname Alonso was first found in Leon, where the name originated in Visigothic times.
Early History of the Alonso family
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Alonso Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Alonso, Alfonso, Alefonso, Alifonso, Adefonso, Aldefonso, Adefonso, Afonso and many more.
Early Notables of the Alonso family (pre 1700)
Notable bearers of the family name Alonso was Pedro Alfonso, who translated the twelfth century "Scholar's Guide"; Juan Alfonso de Alburquerque, steward of King Peter I in the mid fourteenth century; Ferrand Alonso de Merlo, a nobleman mentioned in the...
Alonso World Ranking
In the United States, the name Alonso is the 2,409th most popular surname with an estimated 12,435 people with that name.  However, in France, the name Alonso is ranked the 818th most popular surname with an estimated 6,210 people with that name.  And in South America, the name Alonso is the 18th popular surname with an estimated 136 people with that name. 
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Alonso Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
Alonso Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. 
Alonso Settlers in West Indies in the 16th Century
Alonso Settlers in West Indies in the 19th Century