Show ContentsGonsalves History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The mountainous borders of Spain contain the origins of the prestigious surname Gonsalves. 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 Gonsalves 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.

Early Origins of the Gonsalves family

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

Early History of the Gonsalves family

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Gonsalves 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.

Early Notables of the Gonsalves family (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 Ducal Palace of Mantua, the Gothic façade of the city cathedral, the bell tower of the Basilica of Sant'Andrea, as well as the Sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Grazie at Curtatone; Clara Gonzaga, Countess of Montpensier, Dauphine of Auvergne, Duchess of Sessa (1464-1503) was an Italian noblewoman of the House...
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Gonsalves Ranking

In the United States, the name Gonsalves is the 4,421st most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]

Migration of the Gonsalves family

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 Martí.

Contemporary Notables of the name Gonsalves (post 1700) +

  • Harold Gonsalves (1926-1945), United States Marine Corps private first class who was killed in action during the Battle of Okinawa in World War II, recipient of the Medal of Honor, posthumously, for his heroic action on April 15, 1945
  • Stephen William Gonsalves (b. 1994), American professional baseball pitcher in the Chicago Cubs organization
  • Adelino William "Biilly" Gonsalves (1908-1977), American soccer player for over 25 years, known as the "Babe Ruth of American Soccer," member of the U.S. squad at the FIFA World Cup in 1930 and 1934, inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame
  • Virgil Gonsalves (1931-2008), American saxophonist and clarinetist from Monterey, California
  • Paul Gonsalves (1920-1974), American jazz tenor saxophonist best known for his association with Duke Ellington
  • Kartiki Gonsalves (b. 1986), Indian documentary filmmaker and photographer who directed the documentary film The Elephant Whisperers that won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Film at the 95th Academy Awards
  • Ralph Everard Gonsalves (b. 1946), Vincentian politician, 4th Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and leader of the Unity Labour Party (2001-)
  • Victor Albert "Vic" Gonsalves (1887-1922), Dutch amateur association football player
  • Courtney Alexander Gonsalves (1950-2013), Guyanese cricketer who played a single first-class match for Essequibo in the final of the 1980–81 inter-county Jones Cup
  • Andrew Gonsalves (b. 1978), former Guyanese cricketer who represented Guyana and West Indies B in West Indian domestic cricket (1997-2001)
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