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Where did the Sanchez coat of arms come from? When did the Sanchez family first arrive in the United States?

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Sanchez Coat of Arms
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Origin Displayed: Spanish

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sánchez, Sanchez, Sans, Sanx, Sanz, Sainz, Sáenz, Saenz, Saiz, Sáez, Saez, Sánguez, Sanguez, Sánchiz and many more.

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

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Among the early explorers of the New World was Hernán Sánchez de Badajoz, who accompanied both Almagro and Pizarro to Peru and later to Costa Rica. Also of note were Juan Sánchez de Vizcaya, who voyaged to Paraguay with Alvar Núñez in 1542.

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Some noteworthy people of the name Sanchez
  • Ricardo Sanchez (b. 1951), American Army Lieutenant General
  • Sonia Sanchez (b. 1934), American poet, playwright, essayist, and educator
  • Loretta Sanchez (b. 1960), American politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1997-)
  • Frederick Phillip Sanchez (b. 1977), American Major League Baseball player
  • Poncho Sanchez (b. 1951), Grammy Award-winning Mexican-American conga player, Latin jazz band leader, and salsa singer considered one of the top American percussionists of our time
  • Salustiano "Shorty" Sanchez Blazquez (1901-2013), Spanish-born, American supercentenarian, the world's oldest living man
  • Ignacio Calvo Sánchez (1864-1930), Spanish writer, clergyman and archaeologist
  • Manuel Rodríguez Sánchez (1917-1947), Spanish bullfighter also known as "Manolete"
  • Luis Rafael Sánchez (b. 1936), Puerto Rican playwright
  • Roselyn Sanchez (b. 1973), Puerto Rican singer, model and actress


Learn More About Spanish Surnames



Aragon, which is a region of northeastern Spain in the Iberian peninsula. Aragon has a proud cultural heritage and its own unique language. In 1137, the regions of Aragon and Catalonia united to form the Crown of Aragon, whose illustrious line of kings led the reconquest of the eastern peninsula from the Muslims. The Crown of Aragon extended its Mediterranean empire with the recapture of Mallorca in 1229 and Sicily in 1282 and it remained an important power throughout the Middle Ages. In 1469, King Ferdinand of Aragon married Isabella of Castile and this union brought together the two most powerful kingdoms of Spain to create a united Spanish nation.



Following the decline of the Roman Empire, in the 5th century AD, the Visigoths came to control the peninsula. Part of the Visigothic legacy to Spanish civilization was the introduction of the institution of monarchy. Several centuries later, in 711, the Visigothic kingdom in Spain was invaded by Muslims. Aside from a nucleus of resistance which was maintained in the north, the Muslim victory was complete by the year 718.



Spain, which is presently a state that includes the Balearic and Canary Islands and is in southwestern Europe, was originally settled by the Iberians. In the first millennium BC, the Celts, who were from central Europe, invaded and began to mingle with the native Iberians. Later, Greeks and Carthaginians colonized the coasts; however, they were replaced by the Romans by the 3rd century BC.



In 420, The Visigoths captured Spain from the Vandals and proudly returned it to Rome. Unfortunately, 18 years later the Suevi overran the peninsula.


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