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Where did the Spanish Perez family come from? What is the Spanish Perez family crest and coat of arms? When did the Perez family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Perez family history?

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.


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

First found in Castile, where the name originated in Visigothic times.


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.


Another 479 words(34 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Perez Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • 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

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

Perez Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles E Perez, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1904


  • Tony Pérez (b. 1942), American film and television actor
  • Rosa María "Rosie" Perez (b. 1964), American actress, dancer, choreographer and director
  • Private First Class Manuel Perez Jr. (1923-1945), American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • Richard Ray Perez, American film producer and director
  • Raúl Papaleo Pérez (b. 1971), considered by many islanders to be the greatest Beach Volleyball player in Puerto Rico
  • Manuel Benitez Pérez (b. 1937), birth name of El Cordobes, the famous matador of the 1960s
  • Álvaro Mejía Pérez (b. 1982), Spanish footballer
  • Juan Bautista Pérez (1869-1952), Venezuelan lawyer, magistrate and President from 1929 to 1931
  • Ricardo Pio Perez (1920-1982), Peruvian general and politician, president of Peru in 1962-1963
  • Carlos Andrés Pérez (b. 1922), President of Venezuela in 1974-1979 and, 1989-1993



  • 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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  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. 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.
  8. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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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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