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

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

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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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gonzaga 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 Gonzaga History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Gonzaga Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gonzaga Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Luis Gonzaga, aged 52, who settled in America, in 1892

Gonzaga Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Louis Gonzaga, aged 55, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Philomena Gonzaga, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Virginia Gonzaga, aged 34, who emigrated to America from Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1922
  • Octavio Gonzaga, aged 7, who emigrated to the United States from Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1922
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  • Toni Gonzaga (b. 1984), Philippine singer
  • Tomás Antônio Gonzaga (1744-1810), Portuguese-Brazilian poet
  • Luiz Gonzaga (1912-1989), Brazilian musician
  • Gabriel Gonzaga (b. 1979), Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter
  • Francisca "Chiquinha" Gonzaga (1847-1935), Brazilian composer, pianist and conductor
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    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
    5. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
    6. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Gonzaga Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gonzaga Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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