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

The mountainous borders of Spain contain the origins of the prestigious surname Espada. The Spanish surname Espada is derived from the place name where the initial bearer lived or held land. In this instance it is derived from the name of a town located in the valley of Salazar, in the district of Aoiz (Navarre, Spain).

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Esparsa, Esparse, Esparta, Espara, Espasa, Spada, Spata, Espada, Espadas and many more.

First found in the Navarre- Basque region, one of the medieval Christian kingdoms of northern Spain. Early records show a presence of the Espada family in Pamplona, Navarre.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Espada research. Another 289 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1676, 1400, 1403, 1400, 1401 and 1403 are included under the topic Early Espada History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 89 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Espada Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Espada Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Chas Antoine Gabriel Espada, who landed in Richmond, Va in 1791

Espada Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Hernando Del Espada, who landed in Peru in 1834
  • Emeterio Espada, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860

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  • Pedro Espada Jr. (b. 1953), American politician, Member of the New York Senate (2009-2010)
  • Martín Espada (b. 1957), American Latino poet, professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Josue Espada (b. 1975), Puerto Rican-born, American Major League Baseball player, coach, and manager
  • Eduardo "Edu" Espada Gallardo (b. 1981), Spanish footballer
  • Ángel Espada (b. 1948), Puerto Rican former welterweight boxer, WBA's World Welterweight champion (1975-1976)
  • Dr. José Rafael Espada (b. 1944), Guatemala politician, Vice President of Guatemala (2008-2012)


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  1. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
  4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
  10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Espada Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Espada 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.

This page was last modified on 16 December 2013 at 16:59.

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