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The surname Cavazos comes from the Galician word "cabazo," meaning a small granary built on wooden stakes, a small structure which is typical in the region.

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The surname Cavazos was first found in the region of Galacia, in the very northwest corner of Spain.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Cavazos, Cavazo, Cabazo, Cabazos, Cabaciño and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cavazos research. Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cavazos History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Cavazos Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Alonso Vazquez de Baamonde, son of Pedro Fernandez de Cavazos and of Inis Alonso de Piñeira, who arrived in New Spain in 1590

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  • Carlos Cavazos, Mexican-born, American guitarist
  • Andres "Andy" Cavazos (b. 1981), former American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Lauro Fred Cavazos Jr. (b. 1927), American Secretary of Education from August 1988 to December 1990
  • Eloy Cavazos, one of Mexico's top matadors
  • David Cavazos (b. 1987), Mexican singer-songwriter
  • Jesús Silverio Cavazos (1968-2010), Mexican politician
  • Lumi Cavazos (b. 1968), Mexican actress
  • Richard E Cavazos (b. 1929), Korean War recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross


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  1. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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The Cavazos Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cavazos Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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