The Coats of Arms - Conquest of Mexico
Spanish Arms unlike other European Arms were achieved through military
actions and can be passed down through Maternal ancestors.
The following 145 men received Coats' of Arms from the King of Spain
between 1525 and 1589. Twenty two of these men were Native American
Nobles and have the title "Don" preceding their names.
All were cited for their personal sacrifice, and valor.
These Arms were for their part in the Conquest of Mexico.
Historical Background: Tlaxcalans along with other neighboring tribes
were bitter enemies of the Mexica (Aztec). After creating an alliance
with the Tlaxcalans and solidifying a relationship with Moctezuma
and the Mexica, Cortes was free to renew his alliance with the Tlaxcala
once war with the Mexica broke out.
After the Conquest, Tlaxcalan nobles were rewarded with land and Coats
of Arms. This close relationship between the Tlaxcalans and Spanish
remained throughout the Colonial period. The relationship was such that
whenever the Spanish encountered problems with hostile tribes they would
reward the Tlaxcala with land and provisions to accompany the Spanish
and assist in settlement. This occurred in Northern Mexico where
Tlaxcalans were early settlers along with the Spanish.
List of Those Who Recieved Coats of Arms for the Conquest
Source of the above names: Garcia, Carlos M."Cedulario Heraldico de Conquistadores
de Nueva Espana"
Aguila, Don Geronimo del - Arms granted 3rd of March, 1564. For his part
as principal Chief (Tlaxcalan ?), in providing personnel and shelter, as
well as great personal risk.
Aguirre y Recalde, Santiago de - Arms granted 28th of January, 1541. For
outstanding service in the conquest and settlement of New Galicia.
Alcantara, Pedro Lopez de - Arms granted 20th of July, 1538. For his part
in the conquest of Tenochtitlan, Panuco and other cities in New Spain.
Alcazar, Doctor Juan de - Arms granted 12th of March, 1540. For 11 years
of service. Providing arms and horses when needed.
Andrada, Sebastian Vazquez de - Arms granted 25th of January, 1569. For
27 years of sevice under the command of Capt. Gaspar Pacheco and
Francisco de Montejo. Mainly in the Yucatan.
Argones, Hernando - Arms granted 6th of May, 1532. For 11 years of
service under the Captains Cortes, Alvarado, Almylldez, and Valdivieso.
He was recognized for his help in winning many battles in the conquest.
Asensio, Pedro - Arms granted 6th of May, 1532. For 11 years of service
in the conquest and pacification of Mexico. Served under Cortes,
Alvarado and Mazariegos.
Astorga, Bartolome de - Arms granted 6th of May, 1532. For 14 years of
service starting with the armada of Captain Juan de Grijalva. Serving
under Cortes and Alvarado, Almilldez Cherino and Mazargiegos.
Badajoz, Gutierre de - Arms granted 15th of November, 1527. For 8 years
of service under Narvaez and Cortes in much combat and battles.
Barco, Pedro del - Arms granted 6th of May, 1532.
Barrera, Pedro de la -
Bejarano, Juan Rodriguez
Bravo, Anton - Arms granted 5th of June, 1532. For 16 years of service in
the conquest and pacification of Cuba. He served under Grijalva in the
exploration of the coast of Mexico. He served with arms and horse under
Pedro Almildes Cherino in the conquest of the provinces of New Spain
Buitron, Nicolas Gomez de - Arms granted 1st of March, 1535. For 28
years of service in the conquests of New Spain with Cortes. In 1535
he was a resident of Santo Domingo.
Bullon, Pedro Garcia
Burgeno, Fernando - Arms granted 25th of September, 1531. For 10 years
of service under General Velazquez and Don Hernando Cortes. His hard
work during times of hunger and illness are noted.
Burgos, Juan de
Cadena, Don Antonio de la
Camas, Bartolome de
Camino, Juan del
Caro de Mesa, Capt. Diego
Carvajal, Antonio de - Arms granted 22nd of September, 1530. For 10
years of service. Of note was his Command of ship in the waters of
Tenochtitlan during the siege. He took part in the conquest of
Panuco with arms and horse.
Castaneda, Rodrigo - Arms granted 20th of December, 1527. For 9 years
of service in the conquest of the islands and under Cortes in New Spain.
Helping to conquer such areas as Panuco, Cozcatlan and Guatemala.
Castellanos, Diego de
Castilla, Don Pablo de
Castillo, Diego Diez del
Cerda, Don Juan de la
Colio, Diego de
Coria, Diego de
Cortes, Don Antonio
Cuellar, Juan de
Davila, Rodrigo Gomez - Arms granted 6th of January, 1534. For 23 or 24
years of service in the conquest of the Indies. Especially for his
service under Cortes in the waters around Tenochtitlan (Mexico City). He
and other conquistadors faced the Mexica in 4 thousand canoes.
Elgueta, Hernando de - Arms granted 4th of December, 1529. For 9 years
of service with arms and horse. He participated in the entire conquest of
New Spain and went with Cortes to Honduras. Served under Alvarado in
the conquest of Guatemala.
Escobar, Cristobal de
Espinosa, Juan de
Estrada, Francisco de
Ferrer, Miguel Jimenez
Florez, Francisco - Arms granted 8th of February, 1532. For 25 years of
service in the conquest of the island of San Juan and New Spain. In
Mexico he served under Cortes and in the Yucatan and Guatemala he
served under Pedro de Alvarado.
Fuenmayor, Gabriel Ortiz
Gallego, Alvaro - Arms granted 4th of December, 1529. For 9 years of
service With arms and horse he helped the conquistadors conquer New
Spain. He was recognized as particularly effective at helping Cortes
capture a temple (Cu).
Gil, Cristobal - Arms granted 6th of May, 1532. For 11 years of service
under much danger and risk especially in the conquest of Tenochtitlan.
He served under the Captains Francisco de Orozco and Pedro de Alvarado.
Gomez, Hernan - Arms granted 1st of July, 1530. For 10 years of
service in wars and conquests of Tetutepeque, Mesquitan and Mechuacan.
Later he participated in the conquests of the Villa de Carcatula and
Yupilcingos. He served under Gonzalo de Sandoval in Colima where he
was involved in many battles.
Gonzalez, Rui - Arms granted 1st of September, 1530. For 10 years of
service, first under Panfilo Narvaez. He served under Cortes in all
the wars and conquests of New Spain.
Granada, Francisco de - Arms granted 31st of January, 1532. He arrived
in Mexico with Cortes. He participated in the conquests of the provinces
of Taxcala, Tepeaca, Matelcingo and the cities of Tenochtitlan (Mexico
City) and Saltohos. He also participated in the conquest of Guatemala.
Guevara, Don Antonio de
Hernandez, Cristobal - Arms granted 10th of January, 1534. For 15 years
of service, arriving in Mexico first with his uncle the Capt. Francisco
Hernandez de Cordoba. Stopping in the Yucatan, Lazaro and Champoton
where they encountered the indians and 23 men were killed. He returned
to Mexico with Cortes and participated in all the battles in the conquest.
He also served under Nuno de Guzman in the conquest of Nueva Galicia.
Lara, Don Juan Manrique de
Lopez, Geronimo - Arms granted 26th of June, 1530. For 11 years of
service in the conquest and pacification of New Spain. He was re-
cognized as serving well in the wars in many provinces of New Spain.
Magarino, Francisco Rodriguez
Maldonado, Capt. Francisco
Manosalbas, Fray Francisco - Arms granted 5th of June, 1532. He was
of the order of San Juan de Rodas, presbyterian clergy. For his service
in Mexico. The coat of arms were for his sisters children whom lived in
Martinez, Hernando - Arms granted 6th of May, 1532. For 13 years of
service under much danger and risk especially in the conquest of
Tenochtitlan. He was recognized for his work in making 13 boats used
to surround Tenochtitlan which helped win the battle.
Mata, Alonso de
Mendoza, Don Diego de
Mendoza, Don Francisco de
Merida, Juan Hernandez de - Arms granted 6th of May, 1532. For 12
years of service under much danger and risk especially in the con-
quest of Tenochtitlan.
Molina, Bartolome de
Montejo, Francisco de
Morzillo, Alonso - Arms granted 6th of May, 1532. For 12 years of
service under much danger and risk especially in the conquest of
Tenochtitlan. He served under the Captains Almilldez Cherino and
Pedro de Alvarado.
Mota, Gaspar de la
Mota, Geronimo de la
Motezuma, Don Pedro de
Motezuma, Don Martin Cortes de
Narvaez, Andres de
Nieto, Diego Hernandez
Nieto, Francisco Sanchez
Ochoa de Lexalde, Juan
Olmos, Francisco de - Arms granted 8th of September, 1534. For 15
years of service, arriving in Mexico under the command of Panfilo
de Narvaez. Served under Hernando Cortes and Pedro de Alvarado in
the conquest of Tenochtitlan. He suffered many wounds to the head
and body in this battle.
Ordaz, Diego de
Ordas de Leon, Diego
Oviedo, Capt. Alvar Sanchez de
Pedraza, Diego de
Perez, Bachiller Alonso
Pilar, Garcia de - Arms granted 1st of June, 1530. For his service
as one of the first settlers and Conquistadors of New Spain.
Especially as one of Cortes' Captains. He participated in the wars
and conquests of Tepeaca and Carychiabtla and later the province of
Cuernavaca. He was noted for his ability to speak the language of
Pimentel, Don Hernando
Ponce de Leon, Don Lucas
Porras, Diego de
Robledo, Jorge de
Rodriguez, Francisco - Arms granted 1st of March, 1535. For many
years of service in the conquest and wars experienced in New Spain
(Mexico). He wanted this coat of arms as compensation and as a
memorial to those served.
Roman, Alonso - Arms granted 14th of December, 1532. For 20 years of
service in the conquest and pacification of Cuba and Mexico.
Salamanca, Francisco Miguel de - Arms granted 25th of April, 1532.
For 14 years of service under the Captains Juan de Grijalva,
Panfilo Narvaez and Gonzalo de Sandoval. He was involved in the
conquest of many of the provinces of New Spain.
Salamanca, Juan de - Arms granted 23rd of March, 1535.
Saldana, Capt. Antonio de
Salinas, Juan de
Sandoval, Capt. Diego de
Santiago, Don Zacarias de
Sarmiento, Don Alonso
Solis, Francisco de
Sotomayer, Hernand Mendez de
Suarez, Lorenzo - Arms granted 6th of May, 1532. For his service in
the indies since 1504. He was part of the conquest and pacification
of espanola, cuba and his 13 years of service in New Spain. He
participated in the battle for Tenochtitlan where many Spaniards
Tapia, Bernardino Vazquez de
Tapia, Don Hernando de
Tellez, Don Diego
Tenorio, Francisco Lopez
Torres de Paredes, Don Pedro de
Tovar, Juan de
Valdivieso, Juan de - Arms granted 6th of May, 1532. For 11 years of
service being one of the first Conquistadors of New Spain. He
participated in the conquests of Tenochtitlan, Oaxaca and Tutepeque
and other provinces of New Spain.
Valle, Juan del - Arms granted 7th of February, 1528. For his part in
the conquest of many provinces in New Spain. He participated in the
battle for Tenochtitlan where many Spaniards were killed.
Vargas, Gonzalo Diaz de
Veas,Juan Garcia de - Arms granted 6th of May, 1532. For 11 years of
service. In the battles of Tenochtitlan he served under the Captains
Francisco de Orozco, Andres de Moxaraz and Diego de Mazariegos. He
was involved in the conquest of many provinces of New Spain.
Venavydes (Benavides), Nuflo de - Arms granted 25th of April, 1532. For
12 years of service in the conquest of many provincial cities in Mexico
Verdugo, Don Francisco
Villalobos, Pedro de
Villanueva, Alonso de - Arms granted 24th of September, 1531. For service
in many battles with arms and horse in the conquest of New Spain. His
participation in the retreat of Tenochtitlan and subsequent reconquest.
Villanueva, Hernando de - Arms granted 9th of January, 1535. For years of
service. He fought courageously entering the city of Tenochtitlan (Mexico
City), under Cortes.
Villanueva, Pedro de
Villanueva, Tomas de
Zamora, Alvaro de
Zamora, Francisco de
Zamora, Diego Perez de
Zaragoza, Juan de
Zarate, Bartolome de