I wonder if anybody can be of help. Our original surname may have been Bienvenida which would be Bienvenue in French. There are many Bienvenidas in Spain but in Mexico and the Philippines, we have the shorter form Venida. A Spanish friend surmised that our ancestorsmay have moved from France to Spain. The earliest Bienvenida on record in Spain is 1763 But there already are Venidas in Mexico in 1710. Here in the Philippines the earliest we know of is about 1850.