The distinguished Spanish surname Mujica 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 Mujica was someone who was identified by the members of his community as "one who hailed from Múgica."
Early Origins of the Mujica family
The surname Mujica was first found in the town located in the district of Guernica, Vizcaya in the Basque
Country. Mujica 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 Mujica family
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Early Notables of the Mujica 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 Mujica Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mujica family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Mujica Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Martin De Mujica, who arrived in America in 1817 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 Mujica (post 1700)
- Pedro Mujica Carassa, Peruvian politician, Mayor of Lima (1920-1921)
- Manuel Mujica Láinez (1910-1984), Argentine novelist, essayist and art critic
- José Alberto "Pepe" Mujica Cordano (b. 1935), Uruguayan politician, 40th President of Uruguay between 2010 and 2015
- Edward José Mujica (b. 1984), Venezuelan Major League Baseball pitcher
- Aylin Mujica Ricard (b. 1974), Cuban actress, model, and ballet dancer
- Juan Mujica de la Fuente (b. 1905), Chilean writer and diplomat