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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."

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

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rodríguez, Rodriguez, Rhodriquez, Rhodriguez, Rodriz, Rodríguiz, Rodriguiz, Rodrigo, Roderiz, Ruderiz, Roiz and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ruiz research. Another 456 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1194, 1199, 1228, 1300, 1380, 1410, 1440, and 1581 are included under the topic Early Ruiz History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 155 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ruiz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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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  • Luis J. Ruiz, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996
  • Lilia Ruiz, American Democrat 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 Democrat 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 Democrat 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 Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 31st District, 2008
  • Abel R. Ruiz, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 51st District, 1996
  • M. Teresa Ruiz, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 2008

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  1. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
  2. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Ruiz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ruiz 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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