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The Maldonado surname is derived from the Spanish "mal donado," meaning 'ill-favored," and was no doubt originally a nickname that was adopted as a surname. Nicknames often reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name.

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The surname Maldonado was first found in Castile, prominent among the Christian kingdoms of medieval Spain.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Maldonado, de Maldonado, Maledonado, de Maledonado, Maldolado and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maldonado research. Another 379 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1158 and 1214 are included under the topic Early Maldonado History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable bearers of the family name Maldonado were sixteenth century Spanish military officer Francisco Maldonado; sixteenth century writer Juan Maldonado; eighteenth century Spanish politician and geographer Pedro Vicente...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Maldonado 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:

Maldonado Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • Francisco Maldonado Dorado del Hierro, who journeyed to America in 1523
  • Andrés Maldonado, who sailed to America in 1528
  • Gonzalo Maldonado sailed to Peru in 1534
  • Pedro Maldonado sailed to Peru in 1534
  • Alonso Maldonado sailed to Cartagena in 1535
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Maldonado Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alonso Maldonado, who landed in America in 1811
  • Andres Maldonado, who arrived in America in 1828
  • Blas Maldonado, who landed in America in 1828
  • Diego Maldonado, who arrived in America in 1828
  • Gutierre Maldonado, who landed in America in 1828
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  • Abel Maldonado (b. 1967), American politician, the 48th Lieutenant Governor of California
  • Pedro Maldonado, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Puerto Rico, 2004
  • Myrna Maldonado, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 2008
  • Miguel Maldonado, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Puerto Rico, 2008
  • Leonard Maldonado, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 2008
  • Juan J. Maldonado, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2000, 2004, 2008
  • Hector Maldonado, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from Missouri, 2012
  • Diana Maldonado, American Democrat politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 52nd District; Elected 2008; Defeated, 2010
  • Daniel Q. Maldonado, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972
  • Cecilio Maldonado, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 35th District, 1998
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    7. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
    10. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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