Show ContentsDe guzman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname De guzman comes from Spain, a country rich in culture and history. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Spain were the 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."

Early Origins of the De guzman family

The surname De guzman was first found in Leon, where the name originated in Visigothic times. Perhaps one of the most famous of the family was Alonso Pérez de Guzmán (1256-1309), known as Guzmán el Bueno ("the goodman"), a Spanish nobleman, progenitor of the dukes of Medina Sidonia lineage. He is generally thought to have been born in Léon but may have been a non-Spaniard by descent. In 1296, while in defense of the town of Tarifa, his son was offered in exchange for the surrender of the town. He reportedly threw down his knife for the besiegers to use in killing his son. For his sacrifice, he was granted large swaths of lands and thus began the dynasty.

Early History of the De guzman family

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De guzman Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Guzmán, Guzman, Gozman, Gotmen, De Guzman and many more.

Early Notables of the De guzman family

Prominent among members of the family

  • Eleanor de Guzman (1310-1351), a Castilian noblewoman and long-term mistress to Alfonso XI of Castile, mother of King Henry II of Castile
  • Diego Ramirez de Guzman (died 1508) became the Bishop of Catania June 1500, after having been promoted previously to Bishop of Lugo, February 1500

De guzman Ranking

In the United States, the name De guzman is the 7,418th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 1

United States De guzman migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

De guzman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alonso DeGuzman, who arrived in Veragua in 1835 2
  • Costanza DeGuzman, who arrived in America in 1835 2
  • Juan DeGuzman, who landed in New Spain in 1835 2
  • Leonor DeGuzman, who landed in Spanish Main in 1835 2
  • Tello DeGuzman, who arrived in Rio de la Plata in 1835 2
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West Indies De guzman 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
De guzman Settlers in West Indies in the 19th Century
  • Benito DeGuzman, who landed in Dominican Republic in 1836 2

Contemporary Notables of the name De guzman (post 1700) +

  • Luis Muñoz de Guzmán (1735-1808), Spanish colonial administrator, Royal Governor of Quito and Royal Governor of Chile (1802-1808)
  • Jonathan Alexander de Guzmán (b. 1987), Dutch professional footballer
  • Julian de Guzman (b. 1981), Canadian soccer player, captain of the Ottawa Fury and the Canadian national team
  • Malou de Guzman (b. 1958), Filipino actress

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  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)
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