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

The Spanish surname Delacerda is of an illustrious and noble descent, originating with the Infant Prince Fernando, son and heir of Alfonso X, "the Wise," King of Castile. It was said that he was born with a full head of hair, "cerda en la pelo." For this reason, his contemporaries gave him the nickname "Infante o Principe de la Cerda," a nickname that later was adopted by his descendants as a surname.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Cerda, Cerdán, DelaCerda, De Cerda, De La Cerda and others.

First found in the ancient and powerful kingdom of Castile.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Delacerda research. Another 157 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Delacerda History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 69 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Delacerda Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Delacerda Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Esplandian DeLaCerda, who arrived in Veragua in 1835
  • Francisco DeLaCerda, who landed in Rio de la Plata in 1835
  • Luis DeLaCerda, who landed in Cartagena in 1835
  • Hernando DeLaCerda, who arrived in Guatemala in 1838
  • Cristobal DeLaCerda, who landed in Mexico in 1877


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  9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  11. ...

The Delacerda Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Delacerda 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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