Mendoza History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Noble surnames, such as Mendoza, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Mendoza, 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 Mendoza 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 Mendoza family

The surname Mendoza was first found in Castile, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.

Early History of the Mendoza family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mendoza research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1242, 1491, 1600 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Mendoza History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mendoza Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Mendoza, de Mendoza, Mendozo, Mendosa, de Mendosa, Mendoso and many more.

Early Notables of the Mendoza family (pre 1700)

Notable bearers of the family name Mendoza 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 naval officer; Juan de Palafox y Mendoza (1600-1659), a...
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mendoza Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Mendoza migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mendoza Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Cristóbal de Mendoza, who sailed to America in 1511
  • Diego de Mendoza, who arrived in America in 1511 with his brother, son and a servant
  • Francisco de Mendoza, moved to Cartagena in 1534
  • Marcos de Mendoza, settled in Peru in 1534
  • Sancho de Mendoza, who landed in Hispaniola in 1534
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Mendoza Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alonso De Mendoza, who landed in America in 1810 [1]
  • Cristobal De Mendoza, who arrived in America in 1811 [1]
  • Francisco De Mendoza, who landed in America in 1813 [1]
  • Sebastian De Mendoza, who arrived in America in 1814 [1]
  • Marcos De Mendoza, who arrived in Peru in 1834 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Mendoza (post 1700) +

  • Lisa Mendoza, American news producer
  • Lydia Mendoza, American singer and songwriter
  • Sylvia D Mendoza, American television advertising executive
  • Eduardo Mendoza (b. 1943), Spanish novelist from Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
  • Antonio Escobar Mendoza (1589-1669), Spanish Jesuit casuist
  • Cristina Mendoza, Spanish art historian
  • Leandro Ramos Mendoza (1946-2013), Filipino politician, Executive Secretary (2010), Director General of Police (2001–2002), Secretary of Transportation and Communications (2002–2010)
  • June Mendoza, British portrait painter
  • Francisco Mendoza, Mexican painter
  • Vicente T Mendoza, Mexican musicologist and folklorist
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Mendoza +

  • 416 Shamrocks and Fleurs-de lis; a Louisiana Genealogy of the O'Brien, Mendoza, Verret, de la Chaise, Chauvin and Allied Families by Leland Dudley O'Brien.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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