Gotmen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The distinguished surname Gotmen comes from Spain, a country rich in culture and history. 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. Spanish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century and the most common patronymic suffix is "ez."
Early Origins of the Gotmen family
The surname Gotmen was first found in Leon, where the name originated in Visigothic times. Perhaps one of the most famous of the family was Alonso Pérez de Guzmán (1256-1309), known as Guzmán el Bueno ("the goodman"), a Spanish nobleman, progenitor of the dukes of Medina Sidonia lineage. He is generally thought to have been born in Léon but may have been a non-Spaniard by descent. In 1296, while in defense of the town of Tarifa, his son was offered in exchange for the surrender of the town. He reportedly threw down his knife for the besiegers to use in killing his son. For his sacrifice, he was granted large swaths of lands and thus began the dynasty.
Early History of the Gotmen family
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Gotmen Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Guzmán, Guzman, Gozman, Gotmen, De Guzman and many more.
Early Notables of the Gotmen family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family were Domingo Guzmán (1170-1221), born in Old Castille, better known as St. Dominic, founder of the Dominican Order of Preaching Friars, known all over the Christian world for his piety and good works; Eleanor de Guzman (1310-1351), a Castilian noblewoman and long-term mistress to Alfonso XI of Castile, mother of King Henry II of Castile; Diego Ramirez de Guzman (died 1508) became the Bishop of Catania June 1500, after having been promoted previously to Bishop of Lugo, February 1500; Don Alonso Pérez de Guzmán y de Zúñiga-Sotomayor, 7th Duke of Medina Sidonia (1550-1615), Grandee of...
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Migration of the Gotmen family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Nuño Guzmán, a companion of Hernán Cortés during the conquest of Mexico. Other members of the family who were early emigrants to Spain's colonies in the New World included Leonor, who emigrated to Hispaniola in 1560.
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