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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) Rome D'azur à trois fleurs-de-lis d'or posées chacune en pal rangées en bande.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Nunez Coat of Arms and Family Crest

Nuñez Origin:

Spain, Portugal

Origins of Nuñez:

The surname of Nuñez can be traced to the Old Portuguese and Old Spanish civilizations. The surname of Nuñez is a patronymic surname, meaning that it denotes that the original bearer of this surname was the descendent of someone who bore the personal, given name from which it derives. In the case of the surname of Nuñez, the personal given name from which it can be derived is Nuño, which itself can be derived from the Latin word “nonus” which can be translated to mean “ninth,” the Latin word “nunnus” which can be translated to mean “grandfather, or the Latin word of “nonnus” which can be translated to mean “chamberlain,” or “squire.” In the Latin culture, the patronymic surnames are denoted by adding the suffix of “ez.” Within the Castilian time period, the personal given name of Nuño began to gain popularity, due to the notoriety of Saint Nuno, who was a general in the Portuguese army in the 14th Century. Saint Nuño defeated a Castilian invasion, thus making him a hero of the time period. Many people began to name their children as such, which later caused a surge of people who bear the surname of Nuñez.


More common variations are: Nueñez, Nuñoz, Niñez, Nuenz, Nuno, Nunoo, Neno, Nunes


Within the country of England, there are some people who bear the surname of Nuñez. The areas that have the highest concentration of those who bear the surname of Nuñez can be found within the areas in and around the city of London.

United States of America:

There were many people who bore the surname of Nuñez that migrated to the United States of America. In fact, many people who were known by the surname of Nuñez were early explorers to the United States of America, which at that time was referred to as the New World. Among these early explorers included Andrés Nuñez, who arrived in the United States of America in the year of 1510, one Vasco Nuñez de Balboa, who was recorded as the first European citizen to witness the beauty of the Pacific Ocean in the year of 1513. Other early settlers of the United States of America who were known by the surname of Nuñez arrived later in the European Migration. It is possible that many people who bore the surname of Nuñez did attempt to travel to the United States of America before the recorded names that are available, and they were unable to complete the journey due to the poor conditions on the transport boats to America. Many people died en route, causing the passengers of the boat to arrive to their new home in various states of health. Some were starving, diseased, and worn down. The first of the people who carry the surname of Nuñez to arrive following the colonization of America includes Isaac Nuñez, who landed with his wife Abigail Nuñez in the state of Georgia in the year of 1733. Those who bear the surname of Nuñez can be found throughout the United States of America. The areas that have a large population of those who carry the surname of Nuñez are California, Arizona, Louisiana, Texas, Florida, and New York.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Nunez: Mexico 166,069; Spain 90,053; United States 84,770; Dominican Republic 69,469; Peru 55,005; Venezuela 53,735; Chile 49,358; Argentina 41,151; Colombia 40,738; Honduras 34,793

Notable People:

Alcide Patrick Nunez (1883-1934) who was an early jazz clarinetist from America

Oscar Nunez who was born in the year 1958 who is an actor and comedian from Cuba who is sometimes seen being credited as Oscar Núñez

Joe Nunez who is a Republican politician from America and who served as a Delegate from Colorado to the Republican National Convention in the year 2008

Hilario Nunez Jr. who is a politician from American and who was a running candidate in New Jersey for the title of Mayor of Jersey City in the year 2004

Fabian Nunez who was a democratic politician from America who served as A California Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in the year 2000 as well as the years 2004 and 2008

Emilio Nunez who was a politician from America who severed as the 1st District Justice of the New York Supreme Court in 1968

David G Nunez who is a Republican politician from American and who was a candidate for the 34th District of California for the United States House of Representatives in the year 1996

Nunez Coat of Arms Meaning

The main device (symbol) in the Nunez blazon is the fleur-de-lis. The two main tinctures (colors) are azure and or.

The bright, strong blue color in Heraldry is known in English as azure, and similarly in other European languages – azul in Spanish, azurro in Italian and azur in French. The word has its roots in the Arabic word lazura, also the source of the name of the precious stone lapis lazuli 1. Despite this, those heralds who liked to associate colours with jewels chose instead to describe blue as Sapphire. According to Wade, the use of this colour symbolises “Loyalty and Truth” 2.

The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.3. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 4. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.5.

The fleur-de-lys (“flower of the lily”) has a long and noble history and was a symbol associated with the royalty of France even before heraldry became widespread. 6. The Lily flower is said to represent “Purity, or whiteness of soul”7 and sometimes associated with the Virgin Mary. The fleur-de-lys is also used as a small “badge”, known as a mark of cadency to show that the holder is the sixth son of the present holder of the arms 8

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A Nunes commented on 29-Mar-2019
Just a minor correction; 'Nun' is the 13th Letter of he Hebrew Alphabet and prior to either Portugal or Spain ever becoming countries in themselves, it was the Hebrew Jews who came out of the closet to openly start using ancient Hebrew Patronymic Surnames in around 900 after the Roman Empire had come to an end after seeing better days. Also this artwork for the 'Nunes' Coat of Arms adn Family Crest is Wrong. As being Galician prior to the Catholic Church talking the Galicians into battling and raiding the Islamic Moors to the South..... it was the Celts who restored the Catholic Faith dominance to the Iberian Peninsula...... Not Latin or even Jewish or Moorish Christians. That's why 'Nunes' was a Galician Celtic Surname adopted from the Hebrew before the Catholic Church was able to convince people it had Roman Latin origins instead of being Galician..... like the Language Galician itself becoming modern day Portuguese and it was written Right to Left instead of Left to Right like Portuguese is today! Why does Rome still get most of the credit for everything...... when they actually led to the destruction of moer cultures and ancient languages by monopolizing spoken and written languages to the point of complete..... EXTINCTION!!! ......which is why they no longer are in power anywhere in the World today! ......unless you think part of Italy still represents Latin Dominance even though they lost that over 1200 Yrs ago! btw Nunes Portuguese Colors are primarily Green with Red and Gold as accent colors. Not Blue anything!
tauan nunes commented on 15-Jan-2019
Hello Im Brazilian and my father is called By Jose alberto de Jesus Nunes... thats very interesting!
A Nunes commented on 12-Dec-2018
Why does the World persist in hiding from the Truth? That the whole reason for adding the 'ez' or 'es' for Portuguese had to do with its roots being in Old Portuguese and Old Spanish. An unwritten language used by Jews in Worship. not a bad thing as we like to portray Jews today, but both 'es' and 'ez' meant of Zion in the ancient language of Ladino and Ladina. Both were forms of Latin the banished Jews in former Italian Peninsula from Rome to the North. They were the Ninth Tribe and the language was cryptically used by Jews in worship to hide from the Romans! Actually, patronymic or paternal naming goes back to Joshua 'Son of Nun' or of the 'House of Nun' and is based as is Ladino on the Hebrew Alphabet. Why do you think they never wrote it? Because 'Ladino' and 'Ladina' are based on Hebrew's Alphabet and written 'Right to Left' and they only changed these base ancient forms of Spanish and Portuguese in the 20th Century. Only now are they writing them 'Left to Right'to further distance them from the fact the Spanish Emperor Hadrian went to the extreme of cursing Israel and Jews as Palestinians in Palestine. Both Roman Words based on Greek roots. Why? Because Hebrew had already been banned like all ancient languages in the Roman Empire! .....and the Hebrew or Torah based roots of these words was Philistia and the Philistines..... NOT 'Falestinans' or 'Falestine' because Arabic to this day like Aramaic has.... NO 'P' in their alphabet! It was after all the Jews coming out of the closet Romans had kept them locked up in since Emperor Hadrian had cursed them in his war on the Ninth Tribe of Israel and first continued the conquest of the whole Iberian Peninsula by the Roman Ninth Legion. AND..... 'Nun' is the surname root as it's also the 14th letter in the Hebrew Alphabet and still means as the only truly ancient language of Hebrew in the Semitic Languages still used today. Which Proto Hebrew actually used by the Canaanites (Semitic People of the Bible who became extinct). Reality is this; around 900 AD Jews around the World started to come out of the closet w/ the Romans gone and actually being friends with Islam (who are their own Semitic brothers under Abraham (Imbrahim in Aramaic). When they did..... they brought back the ancient practice of giving the family or house name of the father's occupation or first name and in this case 'Nun' means 'Fisherman' and the 'es' or 'ez' added, means 'Of Zion' in Hebrew and Ladino/Ladina.... 'Of Zion'! Even the Irish Jews did the same with their first surname being 'Murphy' and the rest of the World followed the 'Paternal' patronymic naming suit! btw and lastly; the Nunes Surname 'Coat of Arms' is uneven Geen and mostly Red of the County of Portugal's Flag. After General Nuno (his first name not the surname, because Jews were again going into hiding) wore into battle his family colors of Green and Red with Gold emblematic decor!
Mariana de Jesús Núñez commented on 31-Aug-2018
And I Mariana de Jesús Núñez, who was Secretary of the Mecklenburg County Women's Advisory Board, one of the many Boards of the Board of County Commissioners of the City of Charlotte, NC.


  • 1 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure
  • 2 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
  • 3 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
  • 4 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85
  • 5 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 6 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 3
  • 7 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P134
  • 8 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P489