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The distinguished Spanish surname Mojica is of Basque toponymic origin, deriving from the place name where the first bearer lived or held land. This toponym derives from the Basque word "muxica" which signifies either "peach, peach-tree or fern." Thus, this place name can be interpreted as "place of the peach orchard" or "place where ferns grew in abundance." Therefore, the original bearer of the surname Mojica was someone who was identified by the members of his community as "one who hailed from Múgica."


The surname Mojica was first found in the town located in the district of Guernica, Vizcaya in the Basque Country. Mojica is the surname of a noble Basque family who were related to the Avendaño family. Early records show the progenitor of this family was Juan Galíndez de Avendaño, a first son and heir of Fortún García de Avendaño, lord of Aramayona, Múgica and Arteaga.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Múgica, Múxica, Móxica, Mojica and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mojica research. Another 391 words (28 lines of text) covering the year 1734 is included under the topic Early Mojica History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Prominent among bearers of the family name at this time was Juan Galíndez who inherited the lordship of Múgica, a name which he adopted as his surname. He married Juana Iñiguez, the illegitimate daughter of...

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mojica Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mojica Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Lucas Mojica, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1874

  • Vinia Mojica, American singer from Queens, New York
  • Migdalia Mojica, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1996
  • Johan Andrés Mojica Palacio (b. 1992), Colombian footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Valladolid
  • José Adolfo Mojica Morales (1936-2012), Roman Catholic bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sonsonate, El Salvador
  • Fray José de Guadalupe Mojica (1896-1974), Mexican Franciscan friar and former tenor and film actor
  • Melissa Mojica Rosario (b. 1983), Puerto Rican three-time gold, four-time silver and eight-time bronze medalist judoka
  • Harrison Arley Mojica Betancourt (b. 1993), Colombian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Deportivo Cali
  • Vilmarie Mojica (b. 1985), female volleyball player from Puerto Rico
  • José Mojica (b. 1936), Brazilian filmmaker, actor, screenwriter, and television and media personality
  • Gualberto Mojica (b. 1984), Bolivian football midfielder

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    Other References

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    2. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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    The Mojica Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Mojica 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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