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."
Early Origins of the Mojica family
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.
Early History of the Mojica family
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Mojica Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Mojica family (pre 1700)
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.
Migration of the Mojica family to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Mojica (post 1700)
- Vinia Mojica, American singer from Queens, New York
- Migdalia Mojica, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1996 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- 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