Sancho History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The prestigious surname Sancho 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 Sancho 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 Sancho family

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

Early History of the Sancho family

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Sancho 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 Sancho 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...
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Sancho Ranking

In the United States, the name Sancho is the 15,364th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Sancho is ranked the 9,022nd most popular surname with an estimated 500 - 1,000 people with that name. [2]


United States Sancho migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sancho Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alonso Sancho, who arrived in Rio de la Plata in 1835 [3]
  • Lorenzo Sancho, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1835 [3]
  • Juan Sancho, who arrived in New Spain in 1836 [3]
  • A Sancho, aged 29, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1853 [3]
  • Vicente Sancho, aged 15, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1858 [3]
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Sancho Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alfonse Sancho, aged 51, who immigrated to the United States from Spain, in 1910
  • Joaquin Sancho, aged 27, who immigrated to America from Cadiz, Spain, in 1912
  • Joaquin Sancho, aged 26, who landed in America from Mexico, Mexico, in 1912
  • Edwardo Sancho, aged 39, who landed in America from Coruna, Spain, in 1915
  • Andrina Sancho, aged 34, who landed in America from Demarara, B. Guiana, in 1916
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Contemporary Notables of the name Sancho (post 1700) +

  • Miguel Ángel Sancho (b. 1990), Spanish bronze medalist high jumper at the 2008 World Junior Championships
  • José Asunción Martínez Sancho (b. 1944), Spanish actor
  • Fernando Sancho (1916-1990), Spanish actor
  • Agustín Sancho Agustina (1896-1960), Spanish silver medalist footballer at the 1920 Summer Olympics
  • Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780), English writer, born on board a ship engaged in the slave trade while on the journey from Guinea to the Spanish West Indies; he became a noted composer, actor, writer and the first Black Briton to vote in a British election
  • Antonio Sancho Sánchez (b. 1976), Mexican footballer
  • Brent Sancho (b. 1977), Trinidadian soccer player
  • William Sancho Thair (1887-1966), Canadian farmer and politician who represented Lumsden in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan from 1944 to 1956
  • Sancho Folch de Cardona, 1st Marquess of Guadalest, heir son of Alfonso Folch de Cardona y Fajardo
  • Sancho Gracia (b. 1936), Spanish motion picture and television actor


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  3. ^ 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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