The history of the Zuniga Family in the Americas is a long one. I have been researching my wife's surname for our two son's. The first De Zunigas or Sunigas were probably Basque and came from that region. The name means Roman "Aquaducts" from that region. There is a village in region called Zuniga. An ancient De Zuniga is recorded in a battle I understand with the Moors in the middle ages. Later the Zunigas became a noble house in Spain. By the time of the conquest of Mexico one was a Duke De Zuniga, and financed Cortez's expedition. The same De Zuniga also married one of his daughters to Hernand Cortez. Later the De Zuniga family became rich from the plundering of the Americas.They were cousins of Philp King of Spain. By the time of the famous Goya portraits of family, they were wealthy Madrid bankers. Over two hundred years from the 17th century on, there were several De Zunigas that were Viceroys of New Spain or Mexico. I ran across a treasure ship that was supposed to be a Zuniga ship from Columbia. I do not know if it was ever collected or was in dispute with Columbia. My wife's family was in Romito, GTO, Mexico near the colonial city and silver mines of Leon. I know there is a lake Zuniga there in Mexico. Since Zuniga is not a common surname in Mexico it tells me that it must have been orginally a noble house. i hope this helps everyone on there back ground research.