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NUNEZ (with egne) is a Castilian surname, is a patronimic one, and means Son of Nuno (with egne too), so have multiple origins.

In the Past there were not surnames as we know today, each person has his christian name, and then the patronimic, Ex. a man has the name Iban Lopez, his son is Nuno Ibanez, the son of Nuno is Lope Nunez, the son of Lope is Pero Lopez, the son of Pero is Enrique Perez etc etc......if they were Nobles the use also the name of the place they own Ex. They are the lords of Balboa, so the first is Iban Lopez de Balboa, his son Nuno Ibanez de Balboa, the next Lope Nunez de Balboa etc etc...

But after the Trento Council in 1570, the Church say that the sons must have the same surname than their fathers, so Nunez was converted from a patronimic in a surname.

That means that one of your ancestors was named Nuno.

The discoverer of the Pacific was Vasco Nunez de Balboa, he was born in 1475 in Jerez de los Caballeros (in Extremadura) his father was Nuno Arias de Balboa, and the family was original of Galiza. Vasco was a christian name, today is not used in spanish, but is used in Portugal.

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