MUNOZ Surname Meaning and Origin

The Munoz surname comes from a Spanish personal name meaning "hill."
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Muñoz is a patronymic surname meaning "son of Muño" a personal name that means "hill." It could also be patronymic for "son of Nuño," meaning "ninth"—a name sometimes given to the ninth child.

Surname Origin: Spanish

Alternate Surname Spellings: MÚÑOZ, MUNIZ, MUNO, MUNONEZ

Famous People with the Surname MUNOZ

  • Rafael Muñoz - Famous Puerto Rican big band director and bass player
  • Rafael Muñoz - a Mexican journalist, novelist and writer of short stories.
  • Luis Muñoz Marín - First governor of Puerto Rico

Where Do People With the MUNOZ Surname Live?

The surname distribution data at Forebears ranks Munoz as the 287th most common surname in the world, identifying it as most prevalent in Mexico and with the highest number as a percentage of population in Chile. Munoz is the 2nd most common name found in Chile, borne by one in every eighty-six residents. It is also fairly common in Spain, where it ranks 17th; Colombia, where it ranks 18th; and Ecuador, where it comes in at #20.

Munoz, as you might expect, is a common surname in Spain, according to WorldNames PublicProfiler. It is found fairly consistently across most of the country, and even up into southern France. In the United States, the Munoz surname is most prevalent throughout the southwest, as well as in Illinois and Florida.

Genealogy Resources for the Surname MUNOZ

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Munoz Family Crest - It's Not What You Think
Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Munoz family crest or coat of arms for the Munoz surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted. 

MUNOZ Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the Munoz surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Munoz query.

FamilySearch - MUNOZ Genealogy
Access over 2.5 million free historical records and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Vargas surname and its variations on this free genealogy website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

MUNOZ Surname & Family Mailing Lists
This free mailing list for researchers of the Munoz surname and its variations includes subscription details and a searchable archives of past messages.

GeneaNet - Munoz Records
GeneaNet includes archival records, family trees, and other resources for individuals with the Munoz surname, with a concentration on records and families from France, Spain, and other European countries. - MUNOZ Genealogy & Family History
Explore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Munoz.

The Munoz Genealogy and Family Tree Page
Browse family trees and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the last name Munoz from the website of Genealogy Today.

References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.

Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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