Pedraza History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The notable surname Pedraza is a proud sign of a rich and ancient Spanish ancestry. 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. In Europe, the Christian Church was one of the most powerful influences on the formation of given names. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. They named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint.

Early Origins of the Pedraza family

The surname Pedraza was first found in Castile, where the name originated in Visigothic times.

Important Dates for the Pedraza family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pedraza research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1155, 1168, 1227, 1236, 1309, 1570, 1628, 1606, 1670, 1634, 1693, 1642 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Pedraza History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pedraza Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pérez, Perez, Pédriz, Pedriz, Périz, Periz, Pétrez, Petrez, Pétriz, Petriz, Pédrez, Pedrez and many more.

Early Notables of the Pedraza family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was the legendary Castilian heroine María Pérez who, disguised as a man, fought against and defeated the Aragonese King Alfonso I and later married a Castilian prince; Pelayo Pérez de Fromesta, a knight of Castile in 1155; Count Alvar Pérez de Lara, tutor to the young King Alfonso VIII in 1168; Gutierre Pérez de Reynoso, ambassador of Alfonso VIII to the King of England; Ferran Peres Pardo, a knight of the order of Santiago; Alvar Pérez, who in 1227 was betrothed to a daughter of the King of Navarre; Rodrigo Pérez de Tapiola received a...
Another 145 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pedraza Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pedraza migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pedraza Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Melchor De Pedraza, who arrived in Peru in 1834 [1]
  • Pedro De Pedraza, who landed in Florida in 1838 [1]
  • Anton Pedraza, who arrived in New Spain in 1853 [1]
  • Juan De Pedraza, who landed in Mexico in 1876 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pedraza (post 1700)

  • Veronica Pedraza, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 14th District, 2004 [2]
  • Raymond Pedraza, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nevada, 2008 [2]
  • Francisco Bermúdez de Pedraza (1585-1655), Spanish writer, jurist and historian
  • Marc Pedraza (b. 1987), Spanish professional footballer
  • Ángel Pedraza (1962-2011), Spanish professional footballer
  • Manuel Gómez Pedraza (1789-1851), Mexican general and president of the country
  • José Pedraza (b. 1989), Puerto Rican professional boxer

Citations

  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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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