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During the Middle Ages, the surname of Caldera was used in Spain
. While the patronymic
and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in Spain
surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Spanish names were influenced by the Germanic speaking Visigoths
, who conquered Spain
from the mid-5th to 8th centuries, and the Arabic and Muslim Moors
who conquered the Spanish homeland from the 8th to 12th centuries. Since Spain
was periodically dominated by both of these nations in its past, it shared much in common with both the Visigoths
and the Muslims in the occupations they described. Many people, such as the Caldera family, adopted the name of their occupation
as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary.
Early Origins of the Caldera family
The surname Caldera was first found in Castile
, prominent among the Christian kingdoms of medieval Spain.
Early History of the Caldera family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Caldera research.Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1352, 1548 and 1597 are included under the topic Early Caldera History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Caldera Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Calderón, Calderon, Caldero, Caldera and others.
Early Notables of the Caldera family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family were Rodrigo Calderón, seventeenth century Spanish nobleman and statesman; Juan Calderón de la Parka, seventeenth century Spanish nobleman and court official; Pedro Calderón de la Barca, the last of Spain's great Golden Age dramatists; seventeenth century Spanish nobleman Rodrigo Calderón de Aranda; María Calderón, seventeenth... Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Caldera Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Caldera family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Mencía Calderón, widow of Juan de Sanabria. Upon her husband's death, she and her stepson Diego set out for the Río de la Plata; Diego ended up in Hispaniola, while Mencí.
Contemporary Notables of the name Caldera (post 1700)
- Louis Caldera (1956-2009), American Director of the White House Military Office (2009), 17th United States Secretary of the Army (1998 to 2001)
- Jesús Caldera Sánchez-Capitán (b. 1957), Spanish socialist politician
- Henry Caldera (1937-2006), Sri Lankan singer, songwriter and musician
- Rafael Antonio Caldera Rodríguez (1916-2009), President of Venezuela (1969 to 1974) and (1994 to 1999)