origin, derived from the name of the place where a man once lived or where he once owned land. In Medieval
, many families adopted the name of the estate or town where they lived as a means of identification. These names then became hereditary, and many modern surnames can be traced back to a small village or town.
country. The family originated in the town of Samaniego, situated between the two cities of Vitorio and Logrono in northern Spain.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Samaniego research.Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1563, 1670, 1653, 1656, 1688, 1767, 1737, 1744, 1745, 1761, 1745 and 1801 are included under the topic Early Samaniego History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Prominent among bearers of the family name at this time was Joseph Ruiz Samaniego ( fl.
1563-1670), maestro de capilla at the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar in Zaragoza; Juan de Samaniego y Díez de Ulzurrun Xaca ("Jaca") y Roncal, better known just as Juan Samaniego y Jaca, a prominent Spanish military officer, 16th Governor of New Mexico (1653-1656)... Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Samaniego Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.