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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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The surname Serrano was first found in Castile, the medieval Spanish kingdom whose language and culture were to spread to many countries of the world.

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


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable bearers of the family name Serrano were brothers Jaime, Juan and Pedro Serra, fourteenth century painters; Juan de Serrano, prior of Guadalupe in the 1420s; friar Junípero Serra, a Franciscan originally from Mallorca who went to New Spain...

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Serrano Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Serrano Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • 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
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Serrano Settlers in 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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  • José Marco Serrano (b. 2013), American politician, Member of the New York Senate
  • José Enrique Serrano (b. 1943), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York (2013-)
  • Nina Serrano (b. 1934), award-winning American poet, writer, storyteller, and independent media producer
  • Nestor Serrano (b. 1955), American stage, film, and television actor
  • Andres Serrano (b. 1950), American photographer and artist
  • Don Francisco Serrano Domínguez Cuenca y Pérez de Vargas (1810-1885), 1st Duke of la Torre Grandee of Spain, Count of San Antonio, a Spanish marshal and statesman. He was Prime Minister of Spain and regent in 1868-1869
  • José Serrano (b. 1957), Spanish modern pentathlete at the 1980 Summer Olympics
  • José Manuel Serrano Arenas (b. 1981), Spanish footballer
  • José Serrano Simeón (1873-1941), Spanish composer of zarzuelas
  • Francisco Serrano Plowells (b. 1980), Mexican triathlete at the 2008 Summer Olympics
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    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    3. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
    4. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
    5. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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