Mejía (surname)

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Mejia
Family name
Meaning Possibly a religious byname, from a vernacular form of the Latin Messias[1][2]
Region of origin Spain
Related names Mejias, Megia/Megias, Maschia and Mashiach
The seal of the Mejía Canton in Northern Ecuador.

Mejia or Mejía, also written as Mehia, Mehias, Mexia, Mejias, Megías or Mejías, is a Spanish surname meaning "messiah". In recorded history, the surname was first found in Galicia, an autonomous community in northwestern Spain.[3] The name may have Sephardic origins, from when the Spanish Kingdom forced Jewish settlers to change their surname to Castillian, which then would become the name "Mesía".[4] It may have also originated as a toponym for the town of Muxia in Galicia.[5]

The surname is a popular last name in Colombia, especially its Paisa region. According to the book "Genealogies of Antioquia and Caldas" by Gabriel Arango Mejía, the first Spaniard to bring the name to Colombia was a man named Don Juan Mejía de Tobar Montoya.[6]

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Mejía, Mejia[edit]

Mejías, Mejias[edit]

Mexía, Mexia[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.4crests.com/mejia-coat-of-arms.html
  2. ^ http://www.ancestry.com/facts/Mejia-family-history.ashx
  3. ^ http://www.houseofnames.com/xq/asp.fc/qx/mejia-family-crest.htm
  4. ^ http://www.scribd.com/doc/6078304/Apellidos-Sefarditas
  5. ^ https://www.geni.com/surnames/mejia
  6. ^ Gabriel Arango Mejía (1973). Genealogícas de Antioquía y Caldas: 3. ed. Bedout.