Spain emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Decornejo family. Originally, the Spanish people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in Spain is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Decornejo is a nickname type of surname for a person that was loved by his family and friends having derived from the Spanish word "caro," which was itself derived from the Latin word "carus," which means beloved or dear.
Early Origins of the Decornejo family
Galicia, in the northwestern corner of Spain.
Early History of the Decornejo family
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Decornejo Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Coronado, de Coronado, Cornado, Corona, de Corona, Coronas, Coronel, de Coronel, Cornel, Cornejo, de Cornejo and many more.
Early Notables of the Decornejo family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family were María Alonso Coronel, wife of Castilian hero Alonso Pérez de Guzmán, "The Good", whom she married in 1282; fourteenth century noblewoman Aldonza Coronel, King Pedro I's mistress, who later became Abbess of the convent of Santa Inés; her sister María Coronel, founder of the...
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Migration of the Decornejo family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Luis Cornejo, who sailed to America in 1511; Juan Cornel, to America in 1516; Pedro de Coronado, to America in 1527; Alonso Coronado, to Peru in 1534.
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