Nunez Coat of Arms
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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Nunez Name
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
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 1A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure. 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” 2The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36.
The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.3Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. 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 4A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.5Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53.
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. 6Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 3. The Lily flower is said to represent “Purity, or whiteness of soul”7The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P134 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 8A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P489