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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

Juan Ruiz de Apodaca

Juan Ruiz de Apodaca, 1st Count of Venadito (1754-1835), 61st Viceroy of Spain, Colonial Governor of Cuba, & Naval Officer

1) Espagne - D'azur au lion d'argent tenant entre ses pattes une fleur-de-lis d'or. English: Azure a lion argent holding between its paws a fleur de lys or.
2) Rome - Écartelé aux 1 et 4 d'argent à l'aigle de sable aux 2 et 3 d'argent à un arbre terrassé de sinople et un loup de sable passant devant le fût. English: Quarterly 1st and 4th argent with an eagle sable 2nd and 3rd argent with a tree on a mount vert and a wolf sable passant in front of the trunk.
3) Castille - Parti au 1 d'azur à la bande d'or au 2 d'or à un arbre de sinople sommé d'une croisette de gueules. English: Per pale 1st azure a bend or 2nd or with a tree vert surmounted by a crosslet gules.
4) Castille - Coupé au 1 d'or à trois feuilles de figuier de sinople les tiges en bas au 2 de gueules à une tour d'or et une bordure écartelée d'or et de gueules. English: Per fess 1st or three fig leaves vert the stem downwards 2nd gules with a tower or and a bordure quarterly or and gules.
5) Ruiz-Dávalos - Castille - Écartelé aux 1 et 4 d'argent à un arbre de sinople senestré d'un lion de gueules rampant contre le fût le tout soutenu d'une terrasse du second aux 2 et 3 de gueules à une tour sommée de trois tourelles d'or L'écu brochant sur un écu d'or à la croix de gueules cantonnée de quatre coeurs de sinople posés dans les cantons celui du 1er quartier en bande du 2e en barre du 3e en barre et du 4e en bande. English: Quarterly 1st and 4th argent with a tree vert having to the sinister a lion gules rampant against the trunk all standing on a mount of the second 2nd and 3rd gules with a tower surmounted by of three turrets or the shield covering over a shield or with the cross gules having in each quarter four hearts vert placed in the quarter that of the of 1st quarter bendwise of 2nd bendwise sinister of 3rd bendwise sinister and of 4th bendwise.
6) de Apodaca - Prov. Basques - Écartelé de gueules et d'or à la barre d'azur brochant sur le tout les 1 et 4 ch de trois pals d'or et les 2 et 3 de deux fleurs-de-lis d'azur accostant la barre. English: Quarterly gules and or with a bend sinister azure covering overall the 1 and 4 charged with three palets or and the 2 and 3 of two fleur de lys azure either side of the bend sinister.
7) de Cascante - Navarre - D'or à un arbre de sinople à la bordure du premier ch de huit flanchis de sable. English: Or with a tree vert a bordure of the first charged with eight saltorels sable.
8) de Huidobro - Castille - D'argent à trois pensées au naturel tigées et feuillées de sinople. English: Argent three pansies proper stemmed and leaved vert.

Pascual Ruiz Huidobro

Pascual Ruiz Huidobro (1752-1813), 7th Gobernador de Montevideo, military officer

9) de Rojas - Espagne, Belgique, Autriche - Parti au 1 d'azur à la bande d'or au 2 d'or à un arbre terrassé de sinople surmonté d'une croisette de gueules. English: Per pale 1st azure a bend or 2nd or with a tree on a mount vert surmounted by a crosslet gules.
10) Ruiz-Gimenez - Murcie - D'argent à un croissant tourné échiqueté d'or et de sable à la bordure de gueules ch de huit tourteaux vairés d'or et d'azur. English: Argent with a crescent reversed checky or and sable a bordure gules charged with eight roundels vairy or and azure.
11) Ruiz-Mateos - Castille, Murcie - Taillé et une barre diminuée de gueules ch de cinq chaînons d'argent posées dans le sens de la barre brochant sur la division en chef d'azur à un dextrochère de carnation mouvant du flanc brandissant une épée d'argent garnie d'or acc au canton senestre du chef d'une comète d'or posée en barre en pointe parti a coupé d'azur sur gueules au chiffre 3 d'argent brochant sur le coupé b d'argent à la barre de gueules acc de deux roses du même Casque couronné Cimier cinq plumes d'autruche d'azur d'argent de gueules d'argent et d'azur Lambrequin d'argent et d'azur Devise IN OCCASU SPLENDIDIOR. English: Per bend sinister and a bend sinister smaller gules charged with five [chain] links argent placed bendwise sinister covering over the division a chief azure with an right arm carnation coming from the flank brandishing a sword argent hilt and pommell or accompanied by a canton sinister from the chief an comet or placed bendwise sinister in base per pale a) per fess azure over gules a figure 3 argent covering over the partition b) argent with the bend sinister gules accompanied by two roses of the same Crowned with a helmet Crest: five ostrich feathers azure argent gules argent and azure Mantling: argent and azure Motto: IN OCCASU SPLENDIDIOR.

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

The last name Ruiz derives from the medieval Germanic or Teutonic personal (first) name Hrodric, a masculine given name that consists of the elements hrod, meaning “renown” and ric, meaning “power”, and hence the name literally translates to “famous ruler”. Its use traces back to the Visigoths, a Germanic tribe that ruled the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) from the 400-700s AD. Another source, the Dictionary of American Family Names, states this Spanish surname is a patronymic or baptismal (“son of”) form of the personal name Ruy, which in turn is a shortened form or nickname for the name Rodrigo. These names ultimately derive from the German name Roderick, which in Old High German was spelled Hrodric, Chrodericus, Hroderich, Roderich, Ruodrich, and in Spanish and Portguese it was rendered as Rodrigo, and shortened to Ruy/Rui, or Roi in Galaician.  The famous historical figure Roderick, son of Theodefred, (or Ruderic or Roderich) was the last Visigothic King of Hispania from 710-712 AD before Muslims conquered the Iberian Peninsula of Europe and ruled for several hundred years. Once source asserts the name was first found in Castile during medieval times and was used throughout the Middle Ages as well. Alternative spellings include Roiz, Roize, Ruize, Rodriz, and Ruderiz, among several others.

The last name Ruiz ranks 129th in popularity in the United Status as of the 2000 Census. The name ranks particularly high in the following seven states: Arizona, California, Texas, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, and New Jersey. The surname Booth frequency/commonness ranks as follows in Hispanic countries: Mexico (19th), Spain (12th), Nicaragua (12th), Argentina (14th), Venezuela (37th), Colombia (22nd), Paraguay (17th), Cuba (26th), Chile (79th), Ecuador (40th), Bolivia (54th),  Puerto Rico (32nd), Costa Rica (66th), Honduras (93rd), Dominican Republic (75th), El Salvador (79th), Uruguay (50th), and Panama (30th).

There are hundreds of notable people with the Booth surname. This page will mention a handful. Famous people with this last name include: 1) Adolfo Tomas Ruiz Cortines (1890-1973) who was the the 57th President of Mexico from 1952-1958, born in the state of Vera Cruz, best-known for granting women the right to vote, 2) Sergeant Alejandro Renteria Ruiz (1923-2009) who was a US Army solider during World War II who received a Medal of Honor for his bravery displayed at the Battle of Okinawa in the Ryuku Islands, born in Loving, New Mexico, 3) Carlos Ruiz Herrero (1948) who was a football (soccer) player born in Bilbao, Spain wo played for four different teams from 1968-1982, 4) Jose Antonio Torresola Ruiz (1958-1998), known as Frankie Ruiz, was a famous Puerto Rican salsa singer who was born in Paterson, New Jersey, 5) Israel Ruiz Jr. (1943) who was an American lawyer and politician from New York, having served in the State Senate from 1975-1989 and the New York City Council from 1992-1997, born in Cabo Rojo, Puero Rico, 6) Hipolito Ruiz Lopez (1754-1816) who was a Spanish botanist born in Belorado, Burgos who researched the flora of Chile and Peru during the latter part of the eighteenth century, 7) Jose Francisco Ruiz (1783-1840) who was an educator, soldier, and Senator in the Republic of Texas who was a revolutionary born in San Antonio de Bexar, who strongly aligned himself with the cause of Texan independence, 8) Saint Lorenzo Ruiz (circa 1600-1637) who was a Chinese-Filipino Saint of the Roman Catholic Church, born in Binondo, Manilla, Philippines who was martyred in Japan, 9) Renato Ruiz Cortes (1977) who was a Mexican professional wrestler known as Averno who was born in Mexico City, having begun his career in 1995, wrestling in leagues such as the CMLL, NWA, Luche Libre AAA, and TNA, and 10) John Ruiz (1972) who was an American professional boxer born in Chelsea, Massachusetts known as “The Quietman” who was the first Latino boxer to win a world heavyweight title, holding the WBA title twice between 2001-2005.

Captain Juan Ruiz was born in Reinos de Castilla, Spain around 1490 AD. He was born under the name Juan Cermeno and was in Cuba for a year before joining Cortes in 1519 AD. He was a vecino (resident?) of Mexico City in 1525. He married a daughter of Juan Ruiz. . He had a daughter named Ana Martinez. She was born in Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico in 1523 and married Juan Zermeno and Diego Perez de Zamora.

Alonso Ruiz was born in Ziezar, Murcia, Spain around 1660. He married Ana Diaz and had a son with her named Bartolome Pascual Ruiz who was born in Ziezar, Murcia in 1682. He married Angela Gomez in Salobrena, Granada in 1708.

Here is another Ruiz pedigree of paternal lineage:
Pedro Ruiz (born around 1540, married Marina Diaz)
Andres Ruiz (born around 1570, married Maria Munoz in Competa, Malaga, Espana)
Andres Ruiz Camero (born around 1600 in Competa, Spain, married Cathalina Fernandez)
Nicolas Ruiz (born around 1650, married Isabel Maturana)
Nicolas Ruiz (born around 1672 in Guajar Fondon, Granada, married Lucia Rosa Basuelo de Ortega). He had a daughter named Laurencia de S. Martin who was born in the same town in 1702. She married Joan Gracian and had a daughter with her named Luisa Cathaline Joseph Gracian who was born in 1732.

Some early immigrants to America bearing this surname were Jeronimo Ruiz and Marco Ruiz who both came in the year 1813.

Some eminent members of this old Spanish family include Pedro Ruiz Guzman (born around 1135 AD)  who was a high servant in the royal household of King Alfonso IX, the King of Leon and Galicia (present day Spain) in the Middle Ages in Europe or Christendom during the twelfth century AD, as well as Gonzalo Ruiz, who held the same post a few years later.

Joaquín Ruíz-Giménez

Joaquín Ruíz-Giménez (1854-1934), Spanish lawyer & politician

José Francisco Ruiz

José Francisco Ruiz (1783-1840), Senator of the Republic of Texas, soldier, & revolutionary

Ruiz Coat of Arms Meaning

Three of the main heraldic symbols depicted within the Ruiz Coat of Arms (erroneously called the Ruiz Family Crest by those unfamiliar with heraldry and genealogy) include the lion rampant, eagle, and tree, each which have their own unique meaning.

There can be no animal more clearly associated with Heraldry than the lion, majestic King of the Beasts. Originally it appeared only in one pose, erect, on one paw, with the others raised but such was the popularity of this figure, and the need to distinguish arms from each other, that it soon came to be shown in an enormous range of forms. The lion rampant is an example of these modified form, and any family would be proud to have such a noble creature displayed on their arms. Rampant is the default attitude of the lion, raised on its hind legs, facing to the dexter and with front paws extended in a fearsome and powerful pose.

Where the lion is undisputed king of the animals, the eagle undoubtedly plays the same role in the realm of the birds, its use in this form dating back to at least the Roman period. They tend to be illustrated in quite some detail, especially in continental European arms, and have almost as wide variety of postures and accessories as the lion, well illustrated in the reference as well as being just the eagle’s head or eagle’s leg. The symbol of the eagle is deep and complex, Wade devotes several pages to the subject, but suffice it say that it has long been associated with Empire and those held in high honour – any armiger would be pleased to have any form of Eagle upon their arms!

Among the natural objects depicted on a coat of arms, trees feature frequently, either in whole or as individual branches and leaves. Sometimes the species or the part of tree was chosen as an allusion to the name of the bearer, as in Argent three tree stumps (also known as stocks) sable” for Blackstock. Trees of course had long been venerated and its use in a coat of arms may have represented some association with the god Thor.

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