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The surname Menchaca is a habitational name from the province of Burgos, derived from the Old Spanish word "mena" and the Latin word "minae" meaning "battlement." The name was typically given to someone who lived on a high spot or mountain. Mena was also a Roman goddess. Today, the Valley of Mena (Spanish: Valle de Mena) is a municipality of the province of Burgos, Spain and has a population of 3,926.

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The surname Menchaca was first found in Granada, in southern Spain.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Mena, Meno, Minae, Menchaca and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Menchaca research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1411, 1456, 1st , 1603, 1675, 1613, 1614, 1628, 1688 and 1658 are included under the topic Early Menchaca History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 171 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Menchaca Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Menchaca Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Francisco Menchaca, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • Jose Nasorio Menchaca, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • Maria Solidad De Menchaca, who arrived in Texas in 1835

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  • Gil Menchaca, American actor
  • Kristian Menchaca (1983-2006), American Private First Class, recipient of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart Medal and Prisoner of War Medal
  • Penélope Menchaca (b. 1968), Los Angeles based Mexican television host, singer, and actress
  • Juan Ramón Menchaca (b. 1977), Uruguayan rugby union player
  • Richard "Dick" Menchaca (1922-2005), Mexican two-time Golden Gloves champion


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  6. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
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The Menchaca Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Menchaca 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 25 September 2014 at 09:14.

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