Benavides History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Benavides family

The surname Benavides was first found in Asturias, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.

Early History of the Benavides family

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Benavides Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Benevides, Benavides and others.

Early Notables of the Benavides family (pre 1700)

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Benavides Ranking

In the United States, the name Benavides is the 1,861st most popular surname with an estimated 17,409 people with that name. [1]


United States Benavides migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Benavides Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Miguel De Benavides who immigrated to Mexico in 1577
  • Antonio de Benavides who settled in Guatemala in 1592
  • Fernando de Benavides and his family who immigrated to Peru in 1598
  • Juana de Benavides who arrived in Honduras in 1599 with her six children
Benavides Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francisco De Benavides, who arrived in America in 1817 [2]
  • Juan De Benavides, who arrived in America in 1826 [2]
  • D D Benavides, aged 48, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1829 [2]
  • Hernando De Benavides, who arrived in Venezuela in 1834 [2]
  • Juan Benavides, who landed in Veragua in 1835 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Benavides migration to West Indies +

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. [3]
Benavides Settlers in West Indies in the 16th Century
  • Francisco De Benavides, who settled in the Dominican Republic in 1564

Contemporary Notables of the name Benavides (post 1700) +

  • Jesse Benavides (b. 1963), American former professional boxer, WBO Super Bantamweight Champion (1991–1992)
  • Freddie Benavides (b. 1966), American Major League Baseball player
  • Santos Benavides (1823-1891), American Confederate colonel during the American Civil War, the highest-ranking Mexican-American soldier to serve in the Confederate military
  • Thomas R. Benavides, American Democratic Party politician, Real estate broker; Member of New Mexico State Senate, 1966-70; Candidate for U.S. Senator from New Mexico, 1990
  • Santos Benavides, American politician, Mayor of Laredo, Texas, 1856. Hispanic ancestry
  • Refugio Benavides, American Democratic Party politician, Mayor of Laredo, Texas, 1857, 1859; Postmaster at Laredo, Texas, 1859-61, 1862-63. Hispanic ancestry
  • Porfirio Benavides, American politician, Mayor of Laredo, Texas, 1881-82, 1884. Hispanic ancestry
  • Jose Benavides, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1979
  • Fortunato Pedro Benavides (b. 1947), American Democratic Party politician, District Judge in Texas, 1981-84; Judge, Texas Court of Appeals, 1984-91; Judge of Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, 1991-92; Defeated, 1992; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, 1994-
  • Eugene Benavides, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2004
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  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)
  3. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies


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