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The notable surname Perez 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.

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

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Perez research. Another 273 words (20 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 Perez History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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...

Another 195 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Perez Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Perez Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • Juan Pérez de Sorita of Cordoba, who voyaged to Peru in 1550 and to Argentina in 1557
  • Inés Pérez, who emigrated to Honduras in 1560
  • Andrés Pérez, settled in Peru in 1560 with his wife Isabel and daughter Magdalena
  • Diego Pérez, went to Colombia in 1561
  • Blas Pérez, landed in Hispaniola in 1562
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Perez Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francisco Perez, who landed in America in 1810
  • Alonso Perez, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Andres Perez, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Bartolome Perez, who arrived in America in 1813
  • Ferran Perez, who arrived in America in 1814
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Perez Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles E Perez, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1904
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  • Raúl Papaleo Pérez (b. 1971), considered by many islanders to be the greatest Beach Volleyball player in Puerto Rico
  • Roger Perez, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 123rd District, 2002
  • Rosalinda Perez, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1984
  • Rosemary Perez, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 2000
  • Samuel Perez, American politician, Candidate for borough President of Brooklyn, New York, 1973
  • Tico Perez, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Orlando, Florida, 2003
  • Humberto Perez, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2008
  • Jaime O. Perez, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Texas railroad commissioner, 2012
  • Javier Perez, American Republican politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 41st District, 1996
  • Jena Perez, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Dakota, 2004
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  • Children of the Hummingbird: Perez and Najera of Mexico and Texas by Robert McAlear.
  • Tales of an Italian-American Family by Joseph F. Perez.
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    Other References

    1. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Diez, Ma Del Carmen Galbis. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias Durante los siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Archivo General de Indias Sevilla Volume 6. Murcia, Spain: Ministerio de Cultura, 1986. Print.
    6. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
    7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
    10. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
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    The Perez Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Perez 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.

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