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The distinguished surname Menendez 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.

Menendez Early Origins



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

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Menendez Spelling Variations


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Menendez Spelling Variations



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

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Menendez Early History


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Menendez Early History



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

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Menendez Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Menendez 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 Menendez 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:

Menendez Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Antonio Menéndez, who arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1779 with his wife Teresa Vicenta

Menendez Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Sevastian Menendez, aged 22, landed in New Orleans, La in 1836
  • Ramon Menendez, aged 22, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1838
  • Demetrio Menéndez, who settled in Puerto Rico in 1840
  • Demetrio Menendez, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1840
  • Lorenzo Menendez, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1845
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Menendez Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Lorenzo Menéndez, who opted for Puerto Rico in 1845

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Contemporary Notables of the name Menendez (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Menendez (post 1700)



  • Robert "Bob" Menendez (b. 1954), American politician, Representative and Senator from New Jersey
  • Pidal María Goyri de Menéndez (1873-1955), Spanish Hispanist, professor, and author
  • Pidal Luís Menéndez (1860-1932), Spanish painter
  • Pidal Juan Menéndez (1861-1915), Spanish archivist, jurisconsult, historian, and poet
  • Pedro Menéndez de Avilés (1519-1574), Spanish explorer, first governor of Florida
  • Marcelino Menéndez y Pelayo (1856-1912), Spanish scholar, historian, and literary critic
  • Emilio Menéndez (b. 1945), Spanish politician and member of the European Parliament
  • Mario Benjamin Menéndez (1930-2015), Argentine Governor of the Falklands during the 1982 Argentine occupation of the islands
  • Osleidys Menéndez (b. 1979), Cuban Olympic gold medalist javelin thrower
  • Manuel Menéndez (1793-1847), President of Peru
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
    6. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
    9. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
    10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
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    The Menendez Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Menendez 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 21 September 2015 at 12:26.

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