Gonzalez History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The mountainous borders of Spain contain the origins of the prestigious surname Gonzalez. 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 Gonzalez 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 Gonzalez family

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

Early History of the Gonzalez family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gonzalez research. Another 96 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1366, 1407, 1382, 1407, 1391, 1464, 1503, 1086, 1492, 1612 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Gonzalez History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gonzalez 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 Gonzalez 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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Gonzalez World Ranking

In the United States, the name Gonzalez is the 38th most popular surname with an estimated 412,842 people with that name. [1] However, in Canada, the name Gonzalez is ranked the 891st most popular surname with an estimated 6,012 people with that name. [2] And in Quebec, Canada, the name Gonzalez is the 798th popular surname. [3] France ranks Gonzalez as 114th with 25,258 people. [4] South America ranks Gonzalez as 3rd with 426 people. [5]


United States Gonzalez migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gonzalez Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Pedro González de Prado voyaged to Chile in the 1540s
  • Andrea González, traveled to Peru in 1562
  • Diego González, went to Hispaniola in 1562
  • Catalina González, who settled in Honduras in 1562
  • Juan González,sailed to Mexico in 1563
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Gonzalez Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bernardo Gonzalez, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803 [6]
  • Pero Gonzalez, who landed in America in 1811 [6]
  • Leonor Gonzalez, who arrived in America in 1812 [6]
  • Macias Gonzalez, who landed in America in 1814 [6]
  • Bartolome Gonzalez, who landed in America in 1814 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Gonzalez Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Bruno Gonzalez, who landed in Alabama in 1922 [6]

West Indies Gonzalez migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [7]
Gonzalez Settlers in West Indies in the 16th Century
  • Gonzalo González, who settled in Cuba in 1566
Gonzalez Settlers in West Indies in the 19th Century
  • Bernal Gonzalez, who arrived in Dominican Republic in 1835 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gonzalez (post 1700) +

  • Ernie Gonzalez (1961-2020), American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour in the 1980s
  • Andy González (1951-2020), American New York City-based double bass player
  • Nicholas James Gonzalez M.D. (1947-2015), American physician, known for developing the Gonzalez regimen (or Gonzalez protocol), an alternative cancer treatment
  • Richard "Pancho" González (1928-1995), World No. 1 tennis player
  • Sara G. de Gonzalez, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1972 [8]
  • Ángel Gonzalez Muñiz (1925-2008), major Spanish poet of the twentieth century
  • Ángel Abelardo González Bernardo (1944-2021), Spanish professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper for the Spain U23 team
  • Blanca Álvarez González (1957-2021), Spanish journalist, writer, and poet
  • Sergio Rico González (b. 1993), Spanish footballer
  • Dámaso González Carrasco (1948-2017), Spanish bullfighter
  • ... (Another 35 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Roberto Gonzalez (b. 1966), American Private 1st Class from Quebradilla, Puerto Rico, USA who died in the crash [9]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ https://forebears.io/surnames/
  3. ^ https://statistique.quebec.ca/fr/document/noms-de-famille-au-quebec/tableau/les-1-000-premiers-noms-de-famille-selon-le-rang-quebec
  4. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  5. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_common_surnames_in_South_America
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550


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