The mountainous borders of Spain
contain the origins of the prestigious surname Simenez. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames
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."
Early Origins of the Simenez family
The surname Simenez was first found in Old Castile
, where the name originated in Visigothic
Early History of the Simenez family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Simenez research.Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1101, 1246, 1170, 1247, 1355, 1435, 1390, 1423, 1436, 1517, 1462, 1505, 1499, 1510, 1533, 1568, 1569, 1666, 1729, 1601 and 1672 are included under the topic Early Simenez History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Simenez Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Jiménez, Jimenez, Giménez, Gimenez, Siménez, Simenez, Geméniz, Gemeniz, Jeméniz, Jemeniz, Ximénez, Ximenez, Gímez, Gimez, Jimeno and many more.
Early Notables of the Simenez family (pre 1700)
Notable bearers of the family name Simenez Garci Jiménez, a nobleman living in Toledo in 1101; noblemen Iñigo Ximénez de Lanclares and Martín Ximénez de Alava, witnesses to a document dated 1246; Rodrigo Jiménez de Rada (1170-1247), chronicler and historian to the Royal Court of Navarre; Pedro Jiménez de Segura, Ambassador... Another 178 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Simenez Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Simenez family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada, conquistador of New Granada (Colombia) and founder of the city of Bogotá. He was also the author of a history of the conquest, and searched in vain the swamps of the Orinoco for the legendary El Dorado. Other members of the family who were early emigrants to Spain's colonies in the New World included Francisco, who emigrated to Chile in 1560.