The distinguished surname Ménez comes from Spain
, a country rich in culture and history.The earliest forms of hereditary surnames
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. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. Some names are derived from the saints of the Christian Church, but many Spanish surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. The Visigoths
, who ruled Spain
between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries had a profound impact on the development of surnames.
Early Origins of the Ménez family
The surname Ménez was first found in Asturias
, birthplace of the Reconquest.
Early History of the Ménez family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ménez research.Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1579, 1659, 1622 and 1634 are included under the topic Early Ménez History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ménez Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Ménendez, Menendez, Méndez, Mendez, Meléndez, Melendez, Ménez, Menez and many more.
Early Notables of the Ménez family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family 14th century nobleman Ruy Méndez de Sevilla; 16th century Spanish soldier and writer Luis Méndez Quijada; Afonso Mendes (1579-1659), a Jesuit theologian, and Patriarch of Ethiopia from 1622 to 1634; 17th century Spanish politician Luis Méndez de... Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ménez Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ménez family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Ménez Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Catalina Menez, who landed in Texas in 1835 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)