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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.

Menezes Early Origins



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

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Menezes Spelling Variations


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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.

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Menezes Early History


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Menezes Early History



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

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Menezes Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Menezes 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 Menezes 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 or some of its variants were: Diego Méndez, who voyaged to Peru and fought alongside Almagro. Other settlers include Antonio Menéndez, who arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1779 with his wife Teresa Vicenta.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Menezes (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Menezes (post 1700)



  • Victor J. Menezes (b. 1949), American engineer and banker
  • 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

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Menezes Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. Diez, Ma Del Carmen Galbis. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias Durante los siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Archivo General de Indias Sevilla Volume 6. Murcia, Spain: Ministerio de Cultura, 1986. Print.
    4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
    7. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
    8. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
    9. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
    10. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
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    The Menezes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Menezes 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 6 June 2015 at 14:38.

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