local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. In Spain, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. Many Spanish local names reflect Arabic words or place-names because Spain was conquered by the Muslim Moors from the 8th to 12th centuries. The Medoza family originally lived in the town named Medina. Medina was a common place-name in the Iberian Peninsula during the Muslim occupation because it was the Arabic word for town.
Early Origins of the Medoza family
Castile, predominant among the Christian kingdoms of medieval Spain.
Early History of the Medoza family
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Medoza Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Medina, Medinilla and others.
Early Notables of the Medoza family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family were fifteenth century Spanish cosmographer Pedro de Medina of Seville; fifteenth century lyric poet Martínez de Medina; sixteenth century Mexican writer Baltasar de Medina; sixteenth century Spanish writer Bartolomé Medina...
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Migration of the Medoza family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Francisco de Medina, who voyaged to Mexico with Cortés, and became Governor of Chiapas in 1523. Also of note was Bartolomé Medina, a mineralogist from Seville who traveled to Mexico in 1554. Other early settlers of the New World include Hernando de Medina, who emigrated to Nicaragua in 1561.
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