Gemeni History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The mountainous borders of Spain contain the origins of the prestigious surname Gemeni. 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 Gemeni family
The surname Gemeni was first found in Old Castile, where the name originated in Visigothic times. One of the first records of the family was García Jiménez (c. 835-885) who was king of a part of Pamplona in the late 9th century. He was the progenitor of the the Jiménez dynasty, a medieval ruling family from the 9th century which made part of most of the royal houses and kingdoms of the Iberian Peninsula.
Early History of the Gemeni family
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Gemeni Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Jiménez, Jimenez, Giménez, Gimenez, Siménez, Simenez, Geméniz, Gemeniz, Jeméniz, Jemeniz, Ximénez, Ximenez, Gímez, Gimez, Jimeno and many more.
Early Notables of the Gemeni family (pre 1700)
Notable bearers of the family name Gemeni Garci Jiménez, a nobleman living in Toledo in 1101; noblemen Iñigo Ximénez de Lanclares and Martín Ximénez de Alava, witnesses to a document dated 1246; Rodrigo Jiménez de Rada (1170-1247), chronicler and historian to the Royal Court of Navarre; Pedro Jiménez de Segura, Ambassador of King James the Conqueror to the court of Granada in the late 13th century; Juan Ximénez (or Jiménez) Cerdán (c. 1355-1435), a fiscal and constitutional lawyer and legal theorist who served as the Justicia Mayor of the Kingdom of Aragon from 1390 until 1423; Cardinal Francisco Jiménez de Cisneros...
Migration of the Gemeni family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada, conquistador of New Granada (Colombia) and founder of the city of Bogotá. He was also the author of a history of the conquest, and searched in vain the swamps of the Orinoco for the legendary El Dorado. Other members of the family who were early emigrants to Spain's colonies in the New World included Francisco, who emigrated to Chile in 1560.