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Mendoza Surname Origin
(Basque) habitational (locality) name from several places in the provinces of Arava and Biscay called Mendoza, named with Basque mendi ‘mountain’ + otz ‘cold’ + the definite article -a.
Source: American Surnames. ; Smith, Elsdon C; Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.
Mendoza Surname Meaning and Family Facts
There is more to Mendoza family history than the origin of your surname:
A Mendoza Family History Thought:
'Every man is his own ancestor, and every man his own heir. He devises his own future, and he inherits his own past.' -- H. F. Hedge