Last name: Gonzalez
This famous surname recorded in the spellings of Gonzales, Gonzalez, Gonzalvo, Gozalo, Gonzalvez, Gosalvez, Goncaves, and Gonzalo, is usually accepted as being of Spanish or Portuguese origin. However in truth like so many Iberian surnames, its origins are Germanic. In the 5th century the Visigoths from Eastern Germany conquered the whole region, sweeping down from the Baltic and across the Pyrenean mountains into the Spanish Peninsula. Their legacy today is often found in the surnames, and these surnames themselves have crossed the ocean to the American continent. In this case the development is from the early German baptismal name 'Gundisalvus', which loosely translates as 'the battle field or battle place', a typical example of a warlike name so popular in the period. Examples of the surname recordings taken from early church registers include Maria Gonzales who married Alonzo Moreno at Villapalcio, San Sebastian, Spain, on October 3rd 1568, and Catharina Martin Gonzalo, christened at Agusal, Valladolid, Spain, on May 7th 1618. An early recording in Mexico was Francisco Goncalo, at Puebla de Zaragoza, Puebla, on June 12th 1590. The coat of arms most associated with the name is probably that granted to Gonzales de Castille, which has the blazon of a triple towered castle on a red field. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Marcos Gonzales de Junguito, which was dated July 1st 1556, christened at Segovia, Spain, during the reign of King Philip 11 of Spain, 1554 - 1590. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
© Copyright: Name Origin Research www.surnamedb.com 1980 - 2015
Want to dig deeper into your family history? Take a look at our page on building a Family Tree
. Or get scientific and enter the exciting world of Ancestral DNA
dude sweet I'm german haha i feel so proud of my heritage.
im proud to be a Gonzalez. maybe some of you are my cousins
very limited info, and somewhat incorect. must be some english guy who just wants to clump all spanish people names they can to make money fast with as little work as they can do.
who ever made this does not know very much about Spanish / hispanic history.
start with Fernán González. Oh yeah, and it might be importent there has been a few people with the title President Gonzalez here in the new world!
the Englsh Companys who recycle this limited and outdated piece of trash have been around for decades!
I'm Mexican and I took a DNA test. I sent my results to Dr. Mcdonald, a geneticist, He has my european as NORTHEAST. There's nothing but spanish surnames in my family yet I have Rocasea a condition that affects northern europeans. There's nothing that explains this but -->VISIGOTHS
Guys, etymology aint genetics. Just because you´ve got a Visigothic last name doesnt mean you ARE of Visigothic genetic heritage. Maybe you are, maybe not. How many here would consider changing their hispanicised Goth last name back to the original? Ie : Gonzales back to Gundisalv?