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

First found in Castile, the medieval Spanish kingdom whose language and culture were to spread to many countries of the world.


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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.

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Another 77 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Serrano Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • 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


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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  1. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
  7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
  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. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Serrano Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Serrano 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 13 November 2015 at 12:16.

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