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Where did the Welsh Cerda family come from? What is the Welsh Cerda family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cerda family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cerda family history?The Welsh family name Cerda is derived from the name of the city of Cardiff, which is in the county of Glamorgan. As such, Cerda belongs to the somewhat rare category of Welsh habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Cerda has occasionally been spelled Cardiff, Cardiffe, Kerdiff, Kerdiffe and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cerda research. Another 210 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1201 are included under the topic Early Cerda History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Cerda Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Cerda family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 148 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Cerda:
Cerda Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Cerda Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cerda 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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