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Origins Available: Portuguese, Spanish


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

First found in Castile, where the name originated in Visigothic times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gonzales 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 Gonzales History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 455 words (32 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gonzales Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gonzales Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Samuel Gonzales, aged 33, landed in New York in 1771

Gonzales Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Jose Don Gonzales, aged 20, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1822
  • Basilic Gonzales, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1827
  • Fco Gonzales, aged 25, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1827
  • Basilio Gonzales, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1829
  • Lorenso Gonzales, aged 60, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829


Gonzales Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Joseph Gonzales, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1904

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  • Pancho Ricardo Alonzo Gonzales (1928-1995), American tennis player ranked World No. 1 professional tennis player for eight years in the 1950s and early 1960s, inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1968
  • Alberto R. Gonzales (b. 1955), the first Hispanic U.S. Attorney General (2005-2007)
  • Private First Class David M Gonzales, American soldier who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • Ambrose E. Gonzales (1857-1926), American newspaper publisher, professor, author
  • Guillermo Gonzales (b. 1963), American astronomer
  • Oscar Gonzales, Argentine table tennis player at the 2004 Summer Olympics
  • Joseph Gonzales (1907-1984), French footballer
  • Eva Gonzalès (1849-1883), French Impressionist painter
  • Antonio Gonzales (b. 1986), Peruvian footballer
  • Chilly Gonzales (b. 1972), born Jason Charles Beck, Canadian Grammy nominated musician


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  1. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  2. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  3. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  4. Diez, Ma Del Carmen Galbis. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias Durante los siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Archivo General de Indias Sevilla Volume 6. Murcia, Spain: Ministerio de Cultura, 1986. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Gonzales Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gonzales 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.

This page was last modified on 12 March 2016 at 10:22.

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