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Origins of Hispanic Surnames

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Origins of Hispanic last names fall into one of the following categories:
Patronymic Surnames

The suffix means "son of"
-es, -as, -is, or -os (Portuguese)
-ez, -az, -is, or -oz (Spanish)
Example: Diaz - son of Diego

Occupational Surnames

Derived from a person’s job or status
Example: Molinero - Miller

Descriptive Surnames

Derived from a physical feature of the individual.
Example Garza - heron, probably a nickname for someone with long legs
.
Geographical Surnames

Derived from nearby locations.
Example: Aguilar - haunt of eagles.
Castro - castle.

 

Some Common Hispanic Surnames in the U. S.:

Alvarez
Castillo
Castro
Chavez
Cruz
Delgado
Diaz
Espinoza
Fernandez
Flores
Garcia
Garza
Gomez
Gonzales
Gutierrez
Guzman
Hernandez
Herrera
Jimenez
Lopez
Martinez
Medina
Mendez
Mendoza
Morales
Moreno
Munoz
Nunez
Ortega
Ortiz
Pena
Perez
Ramirez
Ramos
Reyes
Rios
Rivera
Rodriguez
Romero
Ruiz
Salazar
Sanchez
Santiago
Soto
Torres
Valdez
Vargas
Vazquez

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Common Questions

Q. What's the difference between a Coat of Arms & Family Crest?
A. A coat of arms technically refers to the cloth covering worn by knights over their armor to display their arms. Arms are the correct term used to describe what we call today a Coat of Arms or Family Crest, with a Crest being the charge (symbol) over the helmet, so both terms coat of arms and family crest are the same thing.

Q. Why is the Surname History Origin and Coat of Arms Origin different?
A. The history reflects certain information about the surname, but as people move around and names change Coats of Arms may be granted in different countries, but we may have other origins available (see question below).

Q. I want a different Coat of Arms origin than that displayed do you have any more origins for this surname?
A. Yes it is possible we would advise you order via our main website Family-crests.com

Q. I can't find my surname on your database, what should I do?
A. This database is not a complete listing for every surname we have a coat of arms for, if you contact us, we will do a search on your surname to see what we have available.

Q. I need to see the Coat of Arms before I order?
A. As we draw each coat of arms on a per customer basis, we are unable to send samples or display all our coats of arms on our database.


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When searching for a coat of arms from countries other than England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, they are reffered to by different names, in

Germany: Wappen, Familienwappen, Blasonierung, Heraldik, Wappenschablonen
Netherlands: Wapen, Wapenschid, Heraldiek, Familiewapen
Sweden: Slaktvapen, Heraldik
Denmark: Familievaben
Poland: Herby, Herb, Herbu, Herbarz
France: Armoiries
Spain: Heraldica de Apellidos, Escudo, Heraldaria

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