Here are some of my family surnames:

Maternal Surnames: Armour, Bass, Beard, Baird, Berry, Blanchard, Brookings, Brookins, Brown, Cabell, Chandler, Conover, Davis, DeFreese/De Vries, De Froat/De Groot, Douglass, Dungee, Dungey, Dunjee, Edwards, Fischer, Francis, Goosbeck, Groesbeck, Gray, Green, Greene, Hamilton, Hammond, Hedden, Hedges, Hicks, Hirshson, Howell, Hunt, Jackson, Jennings, Johnson, King, Layton, Linnehan, Linehan, Lennihan, Macomb, Mead, McClane, McIntyre, McIntosh, Meyers, Mire,  Myer, Merritt, Mitchell, O’Fake, Pettit, Pickett, Quarles, Randolph, Roberts, Robinson, Scott, Shelton, Tate, Terrell, Thomas, Thompson, Thomson, Thorpe,Turner,  Van der Zee, Van Dunk/Van Donck, Van Dyke, Van Riper, Vega, Washington, Williams, Woodruff, and Wright.

Locations: My tri-racial African-American  ( West, South, and East African, Western and Eastern European, Native American ancestry ) maternal line has colonial roots in Massachusetts (Suffolk, Norfolk, Plymouth, Hampden, and Berkshire counties), Rhode Island (Providence, Kent, and Washington counties), Connecticut (Fairfield County) New York (New York City, Suffolk, and Westchester counties), New Jersey (Essex, Morris, Bergen, Monmouth, and Hunterdon counties), and Virginia (Dinwiddie, Charles City, Richmond, Augusta, Amherst, Albemarle , and Isle of Wight counties). From these states, my ancestors spread out across the country. Our ancestors were also from Madagascar,  Ireland, England, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Cuba, and Eastern Europe. My maternal side also includes some Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.

Paternal Surnames:  Acevedo, Adorno, Alicea/Aliceda, Alvarado, Alvarez, Alverio, Aponte, Aragon, Arroyo, Ayala, Battisimo, Bethencourt/Betancourt, Bobadilla, Bonet, Bonilla, Bosques, Bracero, Caban, Camacho, Caraballo,  Carde, Cardona, Castro, Cintron, Chaparro, Charneco, Collazo, Colon, Corniel, Correa, Crespo, Cruz, de Las Casas, Diaz, Domenech, Espinosa/Espinosa de los Monteros, Feliciano, Fernandez, Figueroa, Galarza, Garcia, Gomez, Gonzalez, Guzman, Hernandez, Hererra, Irizarry, Jimenez,  Lajara, Limardo, Lopez, Lorenzo, Lugo, Lupo, Magdaleno, Martinez, Medina, Melendez, Mendez, Mercado, Merida, Miranda, Morales, Muniz, Nieves, Noboa/Novoa, Octaviani, Oliver, Orabona,  Ortiz, Pabon, Padilla, Pendas,  Peraza, Perez, Quiles, Quinonez, Ramirez, Ramos, Rio/Rios, Rivera, Rodriguez, Roman, Rosa, Rosario/del Rosario, Ruiz, Salcedo, Sambolin, Sanchez, Santiago, Santoni, Soto/de Soto/Sotomayor, Toledo, Torres, Toro/del Toro, Vazquez, Vega, and Velez.

Locations: My tri-racial Puerto Rican paternal line (West and North African, Southern European, and Taino ancestry) is from Puerto Rico (Agauda, Aguadilla, Rincon, Las Marias, San Sebastian, Arecibo, Isabela, Lares, Sabana Grande, San German, Yauco, Susua Alta, Ponce, Cabo Rojo, Caguas, San Juan, Carolina, and Santurce), Spain, Canary Islands, Corsica, Italy, Sardinia, Morocco, Algeria, and Portugal. This side has a lot of Sephardic Jewish ancestry.


6 thoughts on “Surnames/Apellidos

  1. Very interesting! How could I found out about my family’s names: Ortiz, Lopez, y Alvarado? I believe they are Jewish, but from where?

  2. My name is Julio A. Espinosa de los Monteros, i’m Californian born, my father was born somewhere in mexico, his name is Julio Espinosa de los monteros my grandfathers is also Julio Espinos de los Monteros, he was born in mexico city and lived in Nogales Arizona.
    My grandmother name was Librada, she was from Michacan, i cant seem to be able to find much else about them as they were not very close to my dad.
    No church records as we don’t know were they were baptized, where else can i look for info.?

    1. Julio-
      I was able to find records because my Espinosa ancestors were from the Canary Islands and there were a lot of published genealogies going way back. My DNA cousins were able to fill in the blanks for me. Have you taken a DNA test yet?


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