The mountainous borders of Spain
contain the origins of the prestigious surname Gonzaga. 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. 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.
Early Origins of the Gonzaga family
The surname Gonzaga was first found in Castile
, where the name originated in Visigothic
Early History of the Gonzaga family
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.
Gonzaga 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 Gonzaga 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... 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.
Migration of the Gonzaga family to the New World and Oceana
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
Contemporary Notables of the name Gonzaga (post 1700)
- 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