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The mountainous borders of Spain contain the origins of the prestigious surname Gonçalve. 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. The surname Gonçalve is made up of two elements: "Gonzalo," a personal name thought to be derived from the Visigothic "Gundesaelf," meaning "battle elf," and "-ez," the Spanish patronymic suffix.

Gonçalve Early Origins



The surname Gonçalve was first found in Castile, where the name originated in Visigothic times.

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Gonçalve Spelling Variations


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Gonçalve Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: González, Gonzalez, Gundisalvez, Gonsalviz, Gonzálvez, Gonzalvez, Gonçalve, Gonzales, Gonzalo, Gozalo, Monsalve, Monsabre, Gosalviz, Gosalvez, Goçalez, Gunzáloz, Gunzaloz, Galbis, Gálvez and many more.

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Gonçalve Early History


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Gonçalve Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gonçalve research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1366, 1407, 1382, 1407, 1391, 1464, 1503, 1086, 1492, 1612 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Gonçalve History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gonçalve Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gonçalve Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family Francesco I Gonzaga (1366-1407), ruler of Mantua from 1382 to 1407, a condottiero, switched his allegiance to Venice (1391), also to protect his land from the increasing power of Gian Galeazzo Visconti, remembered as the builder of the Castle of San Giorgio, the nucleus of...

Another 183 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gonçalve Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alonso and Gil González de Avila, brothers who traveled with the conquistador Hernán Cortés to Mexico; Gil became Governor of the Yucatan. Another early emigrant was Martín González, a cleric who accompanied the conquistador Alvar Núñez to Paraguay in 1540 and wrote extensively to King Charles of his travels. Pedro González de Prado voyaged to Chile in the 1540s. Other members of the family who were early emigrants to Spain's colonies in the New World included Francisco, who emigrated to Nicaragua in 1562.

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