The Spanish surname Ruiz originates from the Germanic personal name "Hrodric" which is composed of the elements "Hrōd", meaning "renown", and "rīc", meaning "power(ful)", thus "famous ruler".[1] Ruiz is a patronymic from the personal name Ruy, a short form of Rodrigo, meaning "son of Roderick".[2][3] Its roots can be traced back to the Visigoths, the Germanic tribe which ruled in the Iberian Peninsula between the 5th and 8th centuries.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Hanks, Patrick, ed. (2003). "Rodrigo". Dictionary of American Family Names. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 210. ISBN 9780199771691. OCLC 51655476.
  2. ^ "Ruiz Family History". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 2 June 2020. Citing:
    • "Ruiz". Dictionary of American Family Names. Volume 3: O–Z. New York: Oxford University Press. 2003. ISBN 9780195165593. OCLC 51655476. |volume= has extra text (help) Year is [sic].
  3. ^ Hanks, Patrick, ed. (2003). "Ruiz". Dictionary of American Family Names. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 237. ISBN 9780199771691. OCLC 51655476.