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Where did the Spanish Serrano family come from? What is the Spanish Serrano family crest and coat of arms? When did the Serrano family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Serrano family history?

Noble surnames, such as Serrano, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Serrano, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. In Spain, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Serrano family originally lived near a ridge or chain of hills. The name was originally derived from the Old French word Serre, but it was recorded in medieval documents in the Latin form Serra, which means ridge.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Serrano, Serrana, Serra and others.

First found in Castile, the medieval Spanish kingdom whose language and culture were to spread to many countries of the world.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Serrano research. Another 407 words(29 lines of text) covering the years 1274, 1420, and 1749 are included under the topic Early Serrano History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 77 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Serrano Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Cristóbal Serrano came to the Americas in 1511
  • Alonso Serrano, settled in Peru in 1534
  • Iñigo Serrano, moved to Peru in 1534
  • Martín Serrano, moved to Cartagena in 1535
  • Pedro Serrano, moved to New Spain in 1535


Serrano Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Alejo Serrano, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1802
  • Cristobal Serrano, who landed in America in 1811
  • Juan Serrano, who landed in America in 1811
  • Martin Serrano, who landed in America in 1814
  • Bartolome Serrano, who landed in America in 1815


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  • Andres Serrano (b. 1950), American photographer and artist
  • José Enrique Serrano (b. 1943), American congressman
  • Nestor Serrano (b. 1955), American stage, film, and television actor
  • Nina Serrano (b. 1934), award-winning American poet, writer, storyteller, and independent media producer
  • Irma Serrano (b. 1933), Mexican television and film actress
  • Eva Serrano (b. 1978), French rhythmic gymnast


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  1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  2. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  3. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Serrano Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Serrano Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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