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From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Mendoza. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Mendoza family lived near an almond tree or grove. The surname Amendola is derived from the Latin amandula, which is in turn derived from the Greek amygdale, which means almond.


The surname Mendoza was first found in Northern Italy. The name was also found early on in the South, Sagramoro Mendozi moved his family from Milan to Rimini around this time, and was made Bishop of Piacenza in 1475. Two months later he was made Bishop of Parma. Cristoforo Mendozi was treasurer of the Milanese court in 1465, and his brother Giovanni Mendozi held the same position in Genoa. Filippo Mendozi, nephew of Sagramoro, was the orator for the Duke of Milan, and in 1475 he became priest of Sant'Archangelo.

In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Mendoza include Amendola, Amendolara, Amendolea, Amendolia, Ammendola, LaMendola, Lammendola, Mendola, Mendolaro, Mendolia, Mendoza, Mendozza and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mendoza research. Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1367, 1404 and 1848 are included under the topic Early Mendoza History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Diego Hurtado de Mendoza (1367-1404), Admiral of Castile and tenth head of the House of Mendoza; and Giovanni...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mendoza Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Immigrants bearing the name Mendoza or a variant listed above include:

Mendoza Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • Cristóbal de Mendoza, who sailed to America in 1511
  • Diego de Mendoza, 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, landed in Hispaniola in 1534
  • ...

Mendoza Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alonso De Mendoza, who landed in America in 1810
  • Cristobal De Mendoza, who arrived in America in 1811
  • Francisco De Mendoza, who landed in America in 1813
  • Sebastian De Mendoza, who arrived in America in 1814
  • Marcos De Mendoza, who arrived in Peru in 1834
  • ...

  • Lisa Mendoza, American news producer
  • Lydia Mendoza, American singer and songwriter
  • Sylvia D Mendoza, American television advertising executive
  • Leandro Ramos Mendoza (1946-2013), Filipino politician, Executive Secretary (2010), Director General of Police (2001–2002), Secretary of Transportation and Communications (2002–2010)
  • Eduardo Mendoza (b. 1943), Spanish novelist from Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
  • Antonio Escobar Mendoza (1589-1669), Spanish Jesuit casuist
  • June Mendoza, British portrait painter
  • Francisco Mendoza, Mexican painter
  • Vicente T Mendoza, Mexican musicologist and folklorist
  • Luis Mendoza, Bolivian engineer
  • ...

  • 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.

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    Other References

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    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    4. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    5. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    8. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    9. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Mendoza Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Mendoza 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.

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