Where did the Spanish Gonzales family come from? What is the Spanish coat of arms/family crest? When did the Gonzales family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
The mountainous borders of Spain contain the origins of the prestigious surname Gonzales. 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. The surname Gonzales is made up of two elements: "Gonzalo," a personal name thought to be derived from the Visigothic "Gundesaelf," meaning "battle elf," and "-ez," the Spanish patronymic suffix.
Spelling variations of this family name include: González, Gonzalez, Gundisalvez, Gonsalviz, Gonzálvez, Gonzalvez, Gonçalve, Gonzales, Gonzalo, Gozalo, Monsalve, Monsabre, Gosalviz, Gosalvez, Goçalez, Gunzáloz, Gunzaloz, Galbis, Gálvez and many more.
First found in Castile, where the name originated in Visigothic times.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Among the early explorers of the New World were Alonso and Gil González de Avila, brothers who travelled with the conquistador Hernán Cortés to Mexico.
Some noteworthy people of the name Gonzales
* Pancho Ricardo Alonzo Gonzales (b. 1928), tennis player