The descendants of
Jacome Rodrigues "o Vigano"
from Bragança, Portugal
c.1537


  • The family crest above is of Spanish origin.

  • The prestigious surname Rodrigues originated in Spain, a country which has figured prominently in world affairs for hundreds of years. The name is patronymic in origin, deriving from the name of the father of the initial bearer, and its roots can be traced back to the Visigoths, the Germanic tribe who ruled Spain between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries. Rodrigues is derived from the Germanic personal name "Hrodric," which is composed of the elements "hrod," meaning "renown," and "ric," meaning "power." Thus, the name Rodrigues combines this personal name with the patronymic suffix "-ez," and refers to "a famous ruler."

  • Spelling variations of this family name include: Rodriguez, Rhodriquez, Rhodriguez, Rodriz, Rodriguiz, Rodrigo, Roderiz, Ruderiz, Roiz and many more. First found in Castile, where the name originated in Visigothic times.

  • In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries many persons bearing the surname Rodriguez were condemned by the Inquisition to death at the stake or to lifelong imprisonment on the ground that they were "Judaizantes" or secret confessors of Judaism. Miguel Rodriguez and his wife, Isabel Nuñez Alvarez, the owners of a synagogue situated in the Calle de los Infantes, Madrid, in which the secret Jews held their services, together with Leonor Rodriguez and her husband, Hernan Baëz (Vaëz), were publicly burned in Madrid July 4, 1632. At the great auto da fé held in Madrid June 30, 1680, Catalina Rodriguez, called "la Paquina," who had died in the prison of the Inquisition at S. Jago de Compostella at the age of seventy, was burned in effigy; and on Nov. 30, 1721, Maria Rodriguez, ninety years old, and her daughter, both of Granada, were led to the stake in that city. In Cuenca a whole family named Rodriguez, husband, wife, and several sons and daughters, were condemned to lifelong imprisonment, June 29, 1722. The same fate befell the following: a Julian Rodriguez in Cuenca on Nov. 22, 1722; another Julian Rodriguez, likewise of Cuenca, who was a book-dealer of Madrid, on Feb. 20, 1724, in Madrid; Gabriel Rodriguez and his wife, also of Cuenca, on March 12, 1724, in Valladolid; Juan or Samuel Rodriguez of Bordeaux, aged fifty-one, who was a writing-teacher in Hornachos, Estremadura, imprisoned in 1723; Juan Rodriguez of Bayonne, resident in Antequera, in 1725; and the business woman Isabel Rodriguez of Constantine, in 1726; and many others. (from The Jewish Encyclopedia)

  • Coat of Arms of Bragança


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    Jacome RODRIGUES "o Vigano"
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    unknown RODRIGUES
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    est. 1564
     
     

    Maria 'Joao' LUIS
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    est. 1541
    probably Bragança, Portugal
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Joao LUIS
    Leonor ALVARES de CASTRO
     

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