The Spanish surname Mendez is from the region of Galicia in the northwest of Spain and is of patronymic origin meaning son of, or descendant of Mendo. The personal name Mendo is an ancient Visigoth name meaning “whole tribute.” A notable bearer of the name was Aparicio Méndez Manfredini (1904–1988), the Uruguayan political figure. He was a de facto President of Uruguay from 1976–1981. As a non-democratically elected authority of the Civic-military dictatorship (1973–1985).
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