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The most probable origin is that it comes from Leaniz:
lea (gravel) and the ending iz,
which indicates abundance, giving gravel place.
The two principal rivers of the area of Markina-Lekeitio are
the Artibai and the Lea, the reason why this reason is called the area of
History and Locality
The only caserio Leniz that exists is in Amoroto (near Lekeitio), although in Gipuzkoa there is also a
house in the Valle de Leniz. In 1704, a Domeca Iturraran lived in the caserio of Amoroto, in 1745 a Juan
Leniz, and in 1796 a Juan Manuel Ibanez de Aldekoa. From 1745, there begins to appear Leniz in Mendeja or
Mendexa which seems to be your family branch: a Juan Leniz in the caserio Arrasate Erdikoa, and in 1796 a
Domingo Leniz in the caserio Arrasate Erdikoa and a Manuel Leniz in the caserio Beazkoa.
Coat of Arms
Those of Amoroto: En azur, un losanje de plata, cargado de dos lobos andantes, de sable, uno sobreo
otro, en los cuatro angulos del escudo una flor de lis de oro.
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