Where did the Spanish Sanchez family come from? What is the Spanish coat of arms/family crest? When did the Sanchez 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 prestigious surname Sanchez originated in Spain. 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. The name Sanchez is derived from the extremely popular medieval given name Sancho. This given name was originally derived from the Latin name Sanctius, a derivative of sanctus. The name owes its popularity to the fact that it was borne by a 9th century martyr of Cordova.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Sánchez, Sanchez, Sans, Sanx, Sanz, Sainz, Sáenz, Saenz, Saiz, Sáez, Saez, Sánguez, Sanguez, Sánchiz 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 was Hernán Sánchez de Badajoz, who accompanied both Almagro and Pizarro to Peru and later to Costa Rica. Also of note were Juan Sánchez de Vizcaya, who voyaged to Paraguay with Alvar Núñez in 1542.
Some noteworthy people of the name Sanchez
* Hector Acero Sanchez, who was the junior featherweight boxing champion in 1994-95.