The distinguished surname Melendes comes from Spain
, a country rich in culture and history.The earliest forms of hereditary surnames
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. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. Some names are derived from the saints of the Christian Church, but many Spanish surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. The Visigoths
, who ruled Spain
between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries had a profound impact on the development of surnames.
Early Origins of the Melendes family
The surname Melendes was first found in Asturias
, birthplace of the Reconquest.
Early History of the Melendes family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Melendes research.Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1579, 1659, 1622 and 1634 are included under the topic Early Melendes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Melendes Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Ménendez, Menendez, Méndez, Mendez, Meléndez, Melendez, Ménez, Menez and many more.
Early Notables of the Melendes family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family 14th century nobleman Ruy Méndez de Sevilla; 16th century Spanish soldier and writer Luis Méndez Quijada; Afonso Mendes (1579-1659), a Jesuit theologian, and Patriarch of Ethiopia from 1622 to 1634; 17th century Spanish politician Luis Méndez de... Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Melendes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Melendes family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Diego Méndez, who voyaged to Peru and fought alongside Almagro. Other settlers include Antonio Menéndez, who arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1779 with his wife Teresa Vicenta.