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Noble surnames, such as De mendosa, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name De mendosa, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. In Spain, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. Many Spanish local names reflect Arabic words or place-names because Spain was conquered by the Muslim Moors from the 8th to 12th centuries. The De mendosa family originally lived in the place named Mendoza, which is in the province of Alava. This place-name was originally derived from the Basque word mendi, which means mountain and otz, which meanscold.

Early Origins of the De mendosa family


The surname De mendosa was first found in Castile, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.

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Early History of the De mendosa family

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Early History of the De mendosa family


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De mendosa Spelling Variations

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De mendosa Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Mendoza, de Mendoza, Mendozo, Mendosa, de Mendosa, Mendoso and many more.

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Early Notables of the De mendosa family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the De mendosa family (pre 1700)


Notable bearers of the family name De mendosa were Rodrigo de Mendoza, created Marquis of Cenete by Ferdinand and Isabella in 1491; 15th century poet Iñigo de Mendoza; Ana Mendoza de la Cerda, daughter of Viceroy of Peru Diego Hurtado de Mendoza and Princess of Eboli; Bernardino de Mendoza, 16th century Spanish...
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Migration of the De mendosa family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the De mendosa family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Antonio de Mendoza, the first Viceroy of New Spain in 1535. He founded a university and established a printing press. He died in Lima, Peru in 1552. Also of note was Alfonso de Mendoza, who accompanied Hernán Cortés to Mexico. He later voyaged to Peru, and in 1548 he founded the city of La Paz, Bolivia. Perhaps the most famous family member to reach the New World was Pedro de Mendoza, courtier to King Carlos V, Knight of the Orders of Alcántara and Santiago. In 1534 he set out for the Río de la Plata region, where two years later he founded the city of Buenos Aires. At least four other family members held important military or administrative offices during the early years of conquest and discovery. Other early migrants to the New World bearing this surname included Cristóbal de Mendoza, who sailed to America in 1511.

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