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

First found in Castile, prominent among the Christian kingdoms of medieval Spain.


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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.

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Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Maldonado Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • 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


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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  1. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
  4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
  5. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  6. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. 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 Maldonado Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Maldonado 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 5 December 2015 at 12:34.

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