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Where did the Benavidez coat of arms come from? When did the Benavidez family first arrive in the United States?

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Origin Displayed: Spanish

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

First found in Asturias, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Among the earliest settlers were Juana de Benavides who arrived in Honduras in 1599 with her six children, Fernando de Benavides and his family who emigrated to Peru in 1598 and Antonio de Benavides who came to Guatemala in 1592.

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Some noteworthy people of the name Benavidez
  • Joseph Rolando Benavidez (b. 1984), American mixed martial artist
  • José Luis Benavidez Jr. (b. 1992), undefeated Mexican-American professional boxer
  • Master Sergeant Raul "Roy" Perez Benavidez (1935-1998), American member of the Studies and Observations Group of the United States Army, recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Teddy Benavídez, Filipino actor, active from 1936 through 1988
  • Exequiel Emanuel Benavídez (b. 1989), Argentine football midfielder

Learn More About Spanish Surnames



Aragon, which is a region of northeastern Spain in the Iberian peninsula. Aragon has a proud cultural heritage and its own unique language. In 1137, the regions of Aragon and Catalonia united to form the Crown of Aragon, whose illustrious line of kings led the reconquest of the eastern peninsula from the Muslims. The Crown of Aragon extended its Mediterranean empire with the recapture of Mallorca in 1229 and Sicily in 1282 and it remained an important power throughout the Middle Ages. In 1469, King Ferdinand of Aragon married Isabella of Castile and this union brought together the two most powerful kingdoms of Spain to create a united Spanish nation.



Following the decline of the Roman Empire, in the 5th century AD, the Visigoths came to control the peninsula. Part of the Visigothic legacy to Spanish civilization was the introduction of the institution of monarchy. Several centuries later, in 711, the Visigothic kingdom in Spain was invaded by Muslims. Aside from a nucleus of resistance which was maintained in the north, the Muslim victory was complete by the year 718.



Spain, which is presently a state that includes the Balearic and Canary Islands and is in southwestern Europe, was originally settled by the Iberians. In the first millennium BC, the Celts, who were from central Europe, invaded and began to mingle with the native Iberians. Later, Greeks and Carthaginians colonized the coasts; however, they were replaced by the Romans by the 3rd century BC.



In 420, The Visigoths captured Spain from the Vandals and proudly returned it to Rome. Unfortunately, 18 years later the Suevi overran the peninsula.


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