What part of spain does the diaz last name come from? Is it from spain or mexico?

I have to do this report and part of it is to know where my last name came from originally. Any help would be really appreciated.

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  • Diego [Variant for Diaz]

    Recorded in a number of forms which include: Diego, Diago, Dieguez, Diez, and Diaz, (Spanish) and Diogo and Dias (Portugese), this is a surname of the Iberian Peninsula. However spelt it is however almost certainly of Roman (Latin) origins, dating back to the time when the Roman Empire, in probably the first known attempt to create a united continent, occupied the whole of Europe in the period before the 5th century a.d. The early spelling forms were probably ‘Didagus or Didacus’ which it is believed, originated themselves from an even early Greek word ‘didakhe’ meaning ‘doctrine’. Other recent suggestions are that this surname derives from city name of Santiago, whilst another suggestion is that it is a form of Jacobus or Jacomus, the modern Jacob and James. With both these ‘suggestions’ the etymology used is at best convoluted. What is certain is that after the Romans retreated the Pensinsula was occupied for some three hundred years by the Huns and the Goths. These tribes swept down from Germany, and they left as their permanent reminder many of Spain and Portugal’s most famous surnames including Gonzales and Carlos. The modern forms of the surname derive from after this period, although the actual surnames themselves were not recorded until after the 14th century.

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  • Diaz Last Name Origin

  • The name came from Spain and is so common, there are probably Diazes all over Spain, just like there is in the US. And it is an old name with an interesting history.

    Spanish (Díaz): patronymic from the medieval personal name Didacus (see Diego).

    Diego Name Meaning and History

    Spanish: from the personal name Diego, which is of uncertain derivation. It was early taken to be a reduced form of Santiago, and is commonly taken by English speakers as being a form of James, but this is no more than folk etymology. It is found in the Middle Ages in the Latin forms Didacus and Didagus, which Meyer-Lübke derived from Greek didakhe ‘doctrine’, ‘teaching’, but in view of the fact that it is unknown outside the Iberian Peninsula it may possibly have a pre-Roman origin.

    Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4

  • The name Diaz has been identified by the Holy Office of the Catholic Church of Spain, and other sources, as a Sephardic (Jewish)name. If you are interested in researching this aspect of the Diaz family line, you are invited to visit Sephardim.com located at http://www.sephardim.com/

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    What part of spain does the diaz last name come from? Is it from spain or mexico?

    I have to do this report and part of it is to know where my last name came from originally. Any help would be really appreciated.

  • Sorry to focus on Brittney and DJ but I want to interject myself into their argument. Yes that book was written by a racist, but, many of his facts are true, only his personal speculations are in doubt. In addition to what he mentioned in the link, there is the Medicine wheel, the Desert drawings and the mounds in the mid west. If you ask any of the Native historians who created these wonders, they will tell you they don’t know. Some will tell you it was “Those who came before.” My own native ancestors came down from what is now Canada in the 1400’s and took where I live from the early Lakotas before they became a power. My point is to go back even further than the questioner and expand on his statements. No one really knows who was here first, no one really knows who came from anywhere originaly, the world was settled and populated by war and invasion, no one is innocent and someone can always make a counter claim to any area. In some cases the people living in an area win and they keep it, in others they lose and the invaders keep it, that is how the world works. The United States is not immune to this, it is a pattern as old as humans. We are only 230 years old as an established country, how many countries in each of your lifetiimes have you seen change leaders or even have major population/ethnic shifts? What is being done by the Mexicans is a normal part of world activity and is to be expected. Our resistance is also normal and to be expected. Only the future will tell who will win, I do not believe it can be settled without violence. And I for one will fight and defend my country, it is the right of any country which wishes to continue to exist.

  • Most likely Spain, since the Spaniards found Mexico.

  • Joyce B’s answer is correct.

    If you need to pad out your report you might want to include the fact that El Cid’s real name (and he was a real person) was Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, i.e. “Rodrigo the son of Diego of Vivar (a small town near Burgos in Castile)”. The chances of your being related to him are millions to one, since there were so many men called Diego in medieval Spain whose children were called Diaz after them. (And it wasn’t actually Rodrigo’s surname as such, because it wasn’t passed down in the family – his father was known as Diego Lainez – “the son of Lain”.) But it’s a fun fact and it’s perfectly legit to mention it.

  • Diaz : Last name origin & meaning:

    Spanish (Díaz): patronymic from the medieval personal name Didacus (see Diego).

    This is all i got, hope this helps.

  • are you filipino? a lot of filipinos have that last name too. 🙂

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