Melendrez History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Melendrez 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. 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 Melendrez family

The surname Melendrez was first found in Asturias, birthplace of the Reconquest.

Important Dates for the Melendrez family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Melendrez research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1579, 1659, 1622 and 1634 are included under the topic Early Melendrez History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Melendrez Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ménendez, Menendez, Méndez, Mendez, Meléndez, Melendez, Ménez, Menez and many more.

Early Notables of the Melendrez 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...
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Melendrez migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Melendrez Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nicholas Melendrez, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1895
Melendrez Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Rosa Melendrez, aged 35, who settled in America from Puerto Rico, in 1908
  • Constancia Melendrez, aged 15, who immigrated to the United States from Puerto Rico, in 1908

Contemporary Notables of the name Melendrez (post 1700)

  • Sonny Melendrez (b. 1946), American radio personality, twice named Billboard Magazine's "Radio Personality of the Year", inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
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