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The distinguished surname Mendez 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.

Mendez Early Origins



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

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Mendez Spelling Variations


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Mendez Spelling Variations



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

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Mendez Early History


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Mendez Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mendez research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1579, 1659, 1622 and 1634 are included under the topic Early Mendez History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mendez Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mendez Early Notables (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 Mendez Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mendez Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • David Mendez, who arrived in Jamaica in 1742

Mendez Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hernan Mendez, who arrived in America in 1811
  • Francisco Mendez Mendez, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1813
  • Alonso Mendez, who landed in America in 1813
  • Melchor Mendez, who arrived in America in 1814
  • Juan Mendez, who landed in America in 1816
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mendez (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mendez (post 1700)



  • Miguel A. Garcia Mendez, American Republican politician, Unification Candidate for Resident Commissioner to U.S. Congress from Puerto Rico, 1940; Puerto Rico Republican Party chair, 1958
  • Colonel Louis Gonzaga Mendez Jr. (1915-2001), United States Army officer of the 82nd Airborne Division during WWII, recipient of Distinguished Service Cross for leading an attack that captured the French town of Prétot-Vicquemare
  • Arnaldo Tamayo Mendez (b. 1942), Cuban pilot, who was the first North American cosmonaut, and the first person of African descent in space, when he went up on the Soyuz 38 in 1980
  • J M Rodríguez Méndez, Spanish playwright
  • Miguel Abadía Méndez, Colombian lawyer, professor, and former President
  • Evar Méndez, Argentine writer
  • Enrique Mendez Jr., US government official
  • Walter Méndez, Bolivian politician

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
    5. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
    6. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    7. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
    8. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Mendez Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mendez 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 15 November 2016 at 18:28.

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