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The mountainous borders of Spain contain the origins of the prestigious surname Moniz. 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.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Muñoz, Munoz, Muñiz, Muniz, Muño, Muno, Muñones and many more.

First found in Galicia and Castile, important Christian kingdoms of medieval Spain.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moniz research. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1077, 1101, 1684 and 1737 are included under the topic Early Moniz History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 121 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moniz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moniz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Francisco Moniz, who arrived in Spanish Main in 1836

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  • Frankie "Shorty" Moniz (1911-2004), U.S. soccer player
  • Wendy Moniz (b. 1969), American actress
  • Louis M. Moniz, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 4th District, 1921
  • Paulo Vargas Moniz (b. 1962), Portuguese physicist
  • Rui Gil Moniz, Portuguese nobleman
  • Diogo Gil Moniz, Portuguese nobleman
  • Júlio Carlos Alves Dias Botelho Moniz (1900-1970), Portuguese soldier and politician
  • Garcia Moniz, Portuguese nobleman
  • Jerónimo Moniz, Portuguese nobleman
  • Filipa Moniz (1455-1484), Portuguese noblewoman

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  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. 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).
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  5. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  8. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
  9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
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The Moniz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moniz 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 2 November 2015 at 09:41.

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