Noble surnames, such as Mendocino, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Mendocino, which is a 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 Mendocino family originally lived in the place named Mendoza, which is in the province of Alava. This place-name was originally derived from the Basque
word mendi, which means mountain and otz, which meanscold.
Early Origins of the Mendocino family
The surname Mendocino was first found in Castile
, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.
Early History of the Mendocino family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mendocino research.Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1242, 1491, 1600 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Mendocino History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mendocino Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Mendoza, de Mendoza, Mendozo, Mendosa, de Mendosa, Mendoso and many more.
Early Notables of the Mendocino family (pre 1700)
Notable bearers of the family name Mendocino were Rodrigo de Mendoza, created Marquis of Cenete by Ferdinand and Isabella in 1491; 15th century poet Iñigo de Mendoza; Ana Mendoza de la Cerda, daughter of Viceroy of Peru Diego Hurtado de Mendoza and Princess of Eboli; Bernardino de Mendoza, 16th century Spanish... Another 69 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mendocino Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mendocino family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Antonio de Mendoza, the first Viceroy of New Spain
in 1535. He founded a university and established a printing press. He died in Lima, Peru in 1552. Also of note was Alfonso de Mendoza, who accompanied Herná.