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Where did the Spanish Sepulveda family come from? When did the Sepulveda family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sepulveda family history?

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. These so-called local names often denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Sepulveda family originally lived in one of the places named Sepulveda, of which there are a number in the provinces of Salamanca and Segovia. Sepulveda is derived form the Spanish word "sepultar," which means "to bury."


Spelling variations of this family name include: Sepúlveda, Sepulveda, de Sepúlveda, de Sepulveda and others.

First found in Castile, in north central Spain.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sepulveda research. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1295 and 1638 are included under the topic Early Sepulveda History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 119 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sepulveda Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Rodrigo de Sepúlveda, who sailed to America in 1512
  • Francisco de Sepúlveda sailed to America in 1517
  • Ursula de Sepúlveda sailed to America in 1527
  • Cristóbal de Sepúlveda sailed to Hispaniola in 1534
  • Juan de Sepúlveda sailed to New Spain in 1551

Sepulveda Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Rodrigo De Sepulveda, who landed in America in 1812
  • Francisco De Sepulveda, who landed in America in 1817
  • Ursula De Sepulveda, who landed in America in 1827
  • Cristobal De Sepulveda, who arrived in Dominican Republic in 1834
  • Juan De Sepulveda, who arrived in New Spain in 1851


  • Daniel Sepulveda (b. 1984), American NFL punter for the Pittsburgh Steelers, two-time Ray Guy Award winner
  • Francisco Xavier Sepúlveda (1742-1788), Mexican colonial soldier and patriarch of the prominent Spanish Mexican Sepúlveda family
  • Ricardo Sepúlveda, Spanish poet
  • Ricardo Sepulveda (1941-2014), Chilean football (soccer) manager and player
  • María Luisa Sepúlveda (1898-1958), Chilean composer
  • Luis Fernando Sepúlveda Villar (b. 1974), Chilean track and road cyclist
  • Luis Sepúlveda (b. 1949), Chilean writer



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