Paniagua History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Paniagua surname is of Spanish descent, and appears to be derived from a nickname. It was most likely a form of "Pan y agua," which means literally "bread and water." This sobriquet would have been applied to the medieval mendicants or travelers who went from town to town, asking for bread and water at various monasteries and manors.

Early Origins of the Paniagua family

The surname Paniagua was first found in the mountainous regions of the ancient kingdom of Leon.

Early History of the Paniagua family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Paniagua research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1794 is included under the topic Early Paniagua History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Paniagua Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Paniaguas, Pan y Vino and others.

Early Notables of the Paniagua family (pre 1700)

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United States Paniagua migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Paniagua Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Baltasar Paniagua, aged 25, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1804 [1]
  • Diego Paniagua, who arrived in America in 1815 [1]
  • Joan Paniagua, who landed in Peru in 1837 [1]
  • A Paniagua, aged 40, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1858 [1]
  • Suceso Paniagua, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1891 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Paniagua (post 1700) +

  • César Montenegro Paniagua, Guatemalan Communist politician
  • Asdrubal Paniagua, retired professional football player from Costa Rica
  • José Paniagua (b. 1973), retired Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Cenobio Paniagua, Mexican composer
  • Raúl Paniagua (1897-1953), director of a school of music in Guatemala and a distinguished pianist and composer in Guatemala and El Salvador
  • Héctor Eduardo Paniagua (b. 1898), Mexican poet
  • Flavio Paniagua (1844-1911), Mexican lawyer
  • Antonio Paniagua Picazo (b. 1904), journalist from Puerto Rico


  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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