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Where did the Spanish Melendes family come from? What is the Spanish Melendes family crest and coat of arms? When did the Melendes family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Melendes family history?The distinguished surname Melendes comes from Spain, a country rich in culture and history.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. Some names are derived from the saints of the Christian Church, but many Spanish surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. The Visigoths, who ruled Spain between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries had a profound impact on the development of surnames.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Ménendez, Menendez, Méndez, Mendez, Meléndez, Melendez, Ménez, Menez and many more.
First found in Asturias, birthplace of the Reconquest.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Diego Méndez, who voyaged to Peru and fought alongside Almagro. Other settlers include Antonio Menéndez, who arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1779 with his wife Teresa Vicenta.
The Melendes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Melendes Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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