Noble surnames, such as Valenza, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Valenza, which is a local
surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain
. In Spain
, hereditary surnames
were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local
names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Valenza family originally lived in the place named Valenzuela. This place named is derived from the place-name Valencia
, and it means little Valencia
. The city of Valencia
is situated on the Guadalaviar (now Turia) river. The city was first named Valencia
de Campos by the king of Leon in 1150.
Early Origins of the Valenza family
The surname Valenza was first found in Castile
, and important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.
Early History of the Valenza family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Valenza research.Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1360, 1630, 1692 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Valenza History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Valenza Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Valenzuela, de Valenzuela, Valensuela, de Valensuela, Valenz, Valens, Valente, Valiente, Valentín, Valentin and many more.
Early Notables of the Valenza family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family were Fernando de Valenzuela, 1st Marquis of Villasierra, Grandee of Spain
, (1630-1692), a Spanish royal favourite and minister; seventeenth century Spanish ecclesiastic Juan Bautista Valenzuela Velázquez; seventeenth century Spanish statesman Fernando Valenzuela y Enciso; Juan de Valenzuela... Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Valenza Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Valenza family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Andrés de Valenzuela, who sailed to America in 1511; Diego de Valenzuela, to America in 1517; Andrés Valiente, to America in 1517; Juan de Valenzuela, to Venezuela in 1534.