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

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.


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.


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.


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


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


  • Nina Serrano (b. 1934), award-winning American poet, writer, storyteller, and independent media producer
  • Nestor Serrano (b. 1955), American stage, film, and television actor
  • José Enrique Serrano (b. 1943), American congressman
  • Andres Serrano (b. 1950), American photographer and artist
  • Irma Serrano (b. 1933), Mexican television and film actress
  • Eva Serrano (b. 1978), French rhythmic gymnast


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  1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. 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.
  3. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  5. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. 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).
  8. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
  9. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
  10. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. 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 27 June 2015 at 18:00.

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