Welcome to the Mendoza family history group. This is a place for members and descendants of the Sephardic Jewish Mendoza family to share information on their history and genealogy.
The family originated in Spain and Portugal. The Portuguese version of the surname is Mendonça. Mendoca and Mendosa are also common spellings of the Spanish name. A Mendoza in eastern Europe changed his name to Mendelevitch.
A number of other names are associated with the family in the 17th Century, including Castro, Castro y Mendoza, Castro y Torres, Castillo, Alvarez, Torres, Tubi, Tobi, Rodriguez, Arias, Diaz, Navarro, Pina/Pena/Penha, Perez, Orobio, Osorio, Rivera and the Portuguese equivalents of these Spanish names.
Many places are associated with the family. The most important of these are believed to include: London, Amsterdam, Livorno, Bordeaux, Bayonne, Badajoz, Faro, Cadiz, Malaga, Jaén, Tunis, Alexandria, Thessaloniki, Pernambuco, Madrid, Seville, Puerto de Santa Maria, São Paulo, Salvador de Bahia, Pastrana and Valladolid.
There are Jewish Mendoza families associated with England, Egypt, Tunisia and Poland. There is possibly also a Greek branch. There are known Catholic descendants of Jewish Mendozas in Spain and possibly also in Brazil. The English family is by far the largest, and principally found in Britain, the United States, Israel and Australia. They belong to haplogroup R1b.
The best-known member of the family is Dan Mendoza (on the left of the picture) who was Champion of England in the late 18th Century.
If applying to join the group please CLEARLY state your connection to the family and your area of research interest. It was unusual for Jews to use the Mendoza surname. The vast majority of people called Mendoza today are not of Jewish origin.