Ruiz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The prestigious surname Ruiz originated in Spain, a country which has figured prominently in world affairs for hundreds of years. The name is patronymic in origin, deriving from the name of the father of the initial bearer, and its roots can be traced back to the Visigoths, the Germanic tribe who ruled Spain between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries. Ruiz is derived from the Germanic personal name "Hrodric," which is composed of the elements "hrod," meaning "renown," and "ric," meaning "power." Thus, the name Ruiz combines this personal name with the patronymic suffix "-ez," and refers to "a famous ruler."
Early Origins of the Ruiz family
The surname Ruiz was first found in Castile, where the name originated in Visigothic times.
Early History of the Ruiz family
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Ruiz Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Rodríguez, Rodriguez, Rhodriquez, Rhodriguez, Rodriz, Rodríguiz, Rodriguiz, Rodrigo, Roderiz, Ruderiz, Roiz and many more.
Early Notables of the Ruiz family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family were Pedro Ruiz de Guzmán, majordomo of King Alfonso IX in 1194; Gonzalo Ruiz, who took over the same post in 1199; Rodrigo Rodríguez, Count of Castile in 1228; Gonzalo Ruiz de Cieza, a fourteenth century nobleman; Gonzalo Ruiz de Toledo, Count of Orgaz and Chancellor of Castile in the early 1300s; Juan Ruiz, Archpriest of Hita and author of the medieval Spanish masterpiece, "Libro de buen amor"; Gonzalo Rodríguez, poet and...
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Ruiz World Ranking
In the United States, the name Ruiz is the 184th most popular surname with an estimated 134,298 people with that name.  However, in France, the name Ruiz is ranked the 234th most popular surname with an estimated 15,386 people with that name.  And in South America, the name Ruiz is the 17th popular surname with an estimated 141 people with that name. 
Ruiz migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Ruiz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mateo Ruiz, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803 
- Jose Ruiz, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1804 
- Felix Ruiz, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1804 
- Jeronimo Ruiz, who landed in America in 1813 
- Marco Ruiz, who arrived in America in 1813 
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Ruiz migration to West Indies +
The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. 
Ruiz Settlers in West Indies in the 19th Century
- Francisco Ruiz, who arrived in Dominican Republic in 1836 
- Alvaro Ruiz, who arrived in Dominican Republic in 1837 
Contemporary Notables of the name Ruiz (post 1700) +
- Chico Ruiz, American professional baseball player
- Aldeano Ruiz, American engineer
- Luis J. Ruiz, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996 
- Lilia Ruiz, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2008 
- José Francisco Ruiz (1783-1840), American politician, Signer, Texas Declaration of Independence, 1836; Member of Texas Republic Senate from District of Bexar, 1836-37 
- Jesse H. Ruiz, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 2000; Member, Rules Committee, 2008 
- Israel Ruiz, American politician, Representative from New York 21st District, 1978 
- Gus Ruiz, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 35th District, 2012 
- Gilbert Ruiz (b. 1945), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 2004 
- Brian P. Ruiz, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 31st District, 2008 
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Related Stories +
- ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
- ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
- ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_common_surnames_in_South_America
- ^ 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)
- ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html