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Mendonca History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Origins Available: Portuguese , Spanish

Early Origins of the Mendonca family

The surname Mendonca was first found in Castile, in north central Spain.

Early History of the Mendonca family

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Mendonca Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Mendoca, Mendonca, Mendocino and others.

Early Notables of the Mendonca family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Mendonca family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mendonca Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Manuel Mendonca who settled in Providence, Rhode Island in 1872

Contemporary Notables of the name Mendonca (post 1700)

  • Thomas Wilkey Mendonca (b. 1988), American baseball third baseman
  • Ivor Leon Mendonca (1934-2014), West Indian cricketer who played in two Tests in 1962
  • Maria Alice de Mendonça, pianist from Brazil
  • José Williams da Silva Mendonça (b. 1983), Brazilian footballer
  • Eduardo Mendonça (1960-2010), Brazilian guitarist, percussionist, singer, composer
  • Ana de Mendonça (1460-1542), maid of the Queen regnant of Castile
  • Jason Mendonca (b. 1971), British multi-instrumentalist and composer
  • Leon Ivor Mendonca (b. 1934), former West Indian cricketer
  • Carla Mendonça, English actress
  • Jorge Pinto Mendonça (1954-2006), famous Brazilian footballer
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Mendonca Motto

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ava maria gratis
Motto Translation: Hail Mary.

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