Sanchez History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The prestigious surname Sanchez originated in Spain. 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. The name Sanchez is derived from the extremely popular medieval given name Sancho. This given name was originally derived from the Latin name Sanctius, a derivative of "sanctus." The name owes its popularity to the fact that it was borne by a 9th century martyr of Cordova.

Early Origins of the Sanchez family

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

Early History of the Sanchez family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sanchez research. Another 120 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1019, 1370, 1550, and 1610 are included under the topic Early Sanchez History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sanchez Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Sanchez family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family were Galin Sanchiz, an Aragonese nobleman of the late twelfth century; Antonio Sánchez Muñoz, thirteenth century Bishop of Albarracín; Fernán Sánchez de Valladolid, Counsellor to King Alfonso XI; Fernán Sánchez de Tovar, Admiral of the Castilian fleet in the 1370s; Juan Sánchez Manuel, Count of Carrion in the reign of King Henry III; Ferrán Sánchez Calavera, fifteenth century poet...
Another 65 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sanchez Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Sanchez migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sanchez Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Juan Sánchez de Vizcaya, who voyaged to Paraguay with Alvar Núñez in 1542
  • Gonzalo Sánchez Garzón, an early explorer of Argentina, in the 1560s
  • Catalina Sánchez, who immigrated to Mexico in 1560 with her sons Juan and Pedro
  • Anton Sánchez, who arrived in Colombia in 1560
  • Diego Sánchez, settled in Cuba in 1561
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Sanchez Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Juan Manuel Sanchez, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803 [1]
  • Justo Sanchez, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803 [1]
  • Martin Sanchez, who arrived in America in 1810 [1]
  • Mateo Sanchez, who arrived in America in 1810 [1]
  • Teresa Sanchez, who landed in America in 1810 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Sanchez (post 1700) +

  • Salustiano "Shorty" Sanchez Blazquez (1901-2013), Spanish-born, American supercentenarian, the world's oldest living man
  • 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
  • Frederick Phillip Sanchez (b. 1977), American Major League Baseball player
  • Loretta Sanchez (b. 1960), American politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1997-)
  • Sonia Sanchez (b. 1934), American poet, playwright, essayist, and educator
  • Ricardo Sanchez (b. 1951), American Army Lieutenant General
  • José Muñoz Sánchez (1962-2019), Spanish politician who served as a Senator
  • Ignacio Calvo Sánchez (1864-1930), Spanish writer, clergyman and archaeologist
  • Manuel Rodríguez Sánchez (1917-1947), Spanish bullfighter also known as "Manolete"
  • Oscar Enrique Sánchez Rivas (1955-2019), popularly known as El Conejo (the rabbit), a Guatemalan football coach and inside forward
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ 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)


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