The noble Spanish surname Atencio is a shortened Castellianized version of the ancient and noble Italian name "Atanacio," a patronymic name which is very common throughout Italy. The surname stems from the Greek, "Athanasios," and is derived from the adjective "athanatos," which means "immortal."
Early Origins of the Atencio family
The surname Atencio was first found in the northern region of Castille, a powerful Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.
Important Dates for the Atencio family
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Migration of the Atencio family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Juan De Atencia who arrived in Venezuela in 1534; Adriano De Atencia who came to New Granada in 1561; Juana De Antencia who emigrated to Peru in 1593.
Contemporary Notables of the name Atencio (post 1700)
Mariana Atencio (b. 1984), Venezuela-born, American award-winning journalist and news reporter working for MSNBC and NBC News, awarded a Peabody Award, Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, and Gracie Award
Peter Atencio (b. 1983), American television and film director, best known for directing the sketch comedy series Key & Peele
Francis Xavier Atencio (1919-2017), American animator and Imagineer for The Walt Disney Company, named a Disney Legend in 1996
Margaret Atencio, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1996, 2000, 2004 
Abraham Atencio Castillo (b. 1977), Panamanian baseball pitcher who has played for the Panamanian National Baseball Team