The surname Menor is a habitational name from the province of Burgos, derived from the Old Spanish word "mena" and the Latin word "minae" meaning "battlement." The name was typically given to someone who lived on a high spot or mountain. Mena was also a Roman goddess. Today, the Valley of Mena (Spanish: Valle de Mena) is a municipality of the province of Burgos, Spain
and has a population of 3,926.
Early Origins of the Menor family
The surname Menor was first found in Granada, in southern Spain.
Early History of the Menor family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Menor research.Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1411, 1456, 1st , 1603, 1675, 1613, 1614, 1628, 1688 and 1658 are included under the topic Early Menor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Menor Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Menor family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family Juan de Mena (1411-1456), one of the most famous Spanish poets of the fifteenth century; António Luís de Meneses, 1st Marquis of Marialva and 3rd Count of Cantanhede (1603-1675), Portuguese general who fought in the Portuguese Restoration War; Francisco de... Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Menor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Menor family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Diego De Mena who immigrated to Peru in 1564; Nufra De Mena who came to New Spain
in 1571; and Juan de Mena who arrived in Mexico in 1590 with his brother Simon. Later settlers included Andres Avelino De Mena who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1852.
Contemporary Notables of the name Menor (post 1700)
- Rogemar "Ogie" A. Menor (b. 1986), Filipino professional basketball player