Menezes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Menezes 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.

Early Origins of the Menezes family

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

Early History of the Menezes family

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Menezes Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Menezes family (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...
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United States Menezes migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Menezes Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Jonas Menezes, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Sergipe" from Manaos, Brazil [1]
  • Manoel Victorino Cunta Menezes, aged 16, arrived in New York in 1919 from Gibraltar, Spain [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Menezes (post 1700) +

  • Victor J. Menezes (b. 1949), American engineer and banker
  • Rildo da Costa Menezes (1942-2021), also known as Rildo, a Brazilian professional footballer who played as a defender
  • Ana Lúcia Alves de Menezes (1975-2021), Brazilian actress, voice actress and dubbing director
  • Ivan M. Menezes (b. 1960), British businessman, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Diageo plc
  • Holdemar Menezes (1921-1996), Brazilian writer
  • Glória Menezes (b. 1934), Brazilian actress on Facebook