Montoya History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Noble surnames, such as Montoya, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Montoya, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. In Spain, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Montoya family originally lived in a mountainous region of that province. This local name was originally derived from the Spanish word monte, which means hill or wooded upland.

Early Origins of the Montoya family

The surname Montoya was first found in the Basque region of northern Spain in a hamlet near Berantevilla in Álava.

Early History of the Montoya family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Montoya research. Another 194 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 128 and 1289 are included under the topic Early Montoya History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Montoya Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Montoya, de Montoya, Monte, Montes, de Montes, Móntez, Montez, Montero, Monteros, de los Monteros, Montecillo, Montejo, de Montejo, Mont, Montaña, Montana, Montaño and many more.

Early Notables of the Montoya family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family were seventeenth century Spanish writer Román Montero Espinosa; nineteenth century Colombian military officer José Manuel Montoya; nineteenth century Spanish bullfighter Francisco Montes, known as "Paquiro"; nineteenth century Bolivian politician Ismael Montes; nineteenth century Spanish composer Juan de Montes...
Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Montoya Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Montoya migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Montoya Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Gabriel de Montoya, who landed in America in 1528
  • Antonio de Montoya, moved to Peru in 1534 with 2 servants
  • Juan de Montoya, settled in Venezuela in 1534
  • Pedro de Montoya, went to Peru in 1534
  • Cristóbal de Montoya, went to Peru in 1579 with his wife María
Montoya Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Gabriel De Montoya, who landed in America in 1828 [1]
  • Juan De Montoya, who arrived in Venezuela in 1834 [1]
  • Antono De Montoya, who landed in Peru in 1834 [1]
  • Pedro De Montoya, who arrived in Peru in 1834 [1]
  • Cristobal De Montoya, who arrived in Peru in 1879 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Montoya Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Eusebio Montoya, aged 21, who landed in America from Amorabreta, Spain, in 1911
  • Cicilo Montoya, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from San Pelayo, Spain, in 1912
  • Jose Montoya, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States, in 1919
  • Francisco Montoya, aged 27, who settled in America from Almeria, Spain, in 1920
  • Francisco Montoya, aged 27, who landed in America from Nijar, Spain, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Montoya (post 1700) +

  • Richard Montoya, American Chicano actor, director, producer, screenwriter and co-founding member of Culture Clash
  • José Montoya (1932-2013), American poet and an artist from Albuquerque, New Mexico, father of Richard Montoya
  • Joseph Manuel Montoya (1915-1978), American politician, U.S. Senator for the State of New Mexico from 1964 until 1977
  • Craig Montoya (b. 1970), American former bassist of Everclear, born in Spokane, Washington
  • Carlos Montoya Jr. (1903-1993), prominent Spanish Flamenco guitarist, son of Ramón Montoya
  • Álvaro "Al" Montoya (b. 1985), American professional NHL ice hockey goaltender for the Edmonton Oilers from Chicago, Illinois
  • Martín Montoya Torralbo (b. 1991), Spanish professional footballer
  • Ramón Montoya (1880-1949), Spanish flamenco guitarist
  • María Laura de Jesús Montoya Upegui (1874-1949), birth name of Saint Laura of Saint Catherine of Siena, a Colombian Roman Catholic religious figure, founder of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Virgin Mary and Saint Catherine of Siena (1914)
  • Jennifer Montoya Betancourth (b. 1985), Colombian journalist and news presenter
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ 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)


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