Calderon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

During the Middle Ages, the surname of Calderon 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, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Spanish names were influenced by the Germanic speakingVisigoths, 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 Calderon 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 Calderon family

The surname Calderon was first found in Castile, prominent among the Christian kingdoms of medieval Spain.

Early History of the Calderon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Calderon research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1352, 1548 and 1597 are included under the topic Early Calderon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Calderon Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Calderón, Calderon, Caldero, Caldera and others.

Early Notables of the Calderon 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 century Spanish actress; nineteenth century...
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Calderon Ranking

In the United States, the name Calderon is the 864th most popular surname with an estimated 34,818 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Calderon is ranked the 8,521st most popular surname with an estimated 500 - 1,000 people with that name. [2]


United States Calderon migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Calderon Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Alonso Calderón, who immigrated to America in 1513
  • Juan Calderón, who settled in Hispaniola in 1536
  • Pedro Calderón, went to Guatemala in 1538
  • Bartolomé Calderón, who settled in Florida in 1538
  • Gabriel Calderón, with his wife María and daughters Catalina, Elena, María and Francisca, to Peru in 1592
Calderon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John R. Calderon, who settled in Philadelphia in 1809
  • Anton Calderon, who arrived in America in 1812 [3]
  • Alonso Calderon, who arrived in America in 1813 [3]
  • Hernando Calderon, who landed in America in 1814 [3]
  • Socorro Calderon, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1816 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Calderon migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [4]
Calderon Settlers in West Indies in the 19th Century
  • Diego Calderon, who landed in Dominican Republic in 1835 [3]
  • Juan Calderon, who landed in Dominican Republic in 1836 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Calderon (post 1700) +

  • Charles M. Calderon (b. 1950), American politician, California State Senator from California's 58th Senate District
  • Ronald Steven Calderon (b. 1957), American politician, California State Senator from California's 30th Senate District
  • Gaspar de la Vega y Calderón, American politician, Honorary Consul for Cuba at Norfolk, Virginia, 1909 [5]
  • Cristina Calderón Harban (1928-2022), Chilean ethnographer, craftswoman, writer and cultural activist who was the last living full-blooded Yaghan
  • Ricardo Arias Calderón (1933-2017), Panamanian politician, 1st Vice President of Panama (1990-1992)
  • Antonio Troyo Calderón (1923-2015), Costa Rican Prelate of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Hospital Apprentice First Class Alberto Pedro Calderón (1920-1998), Argentine mathematician widely considered as one of the 20th century's most important mathematicians
  • Philip Hermogenes Calderon (1833-1898), British painter in the Pre-Raphaelite style
  • Felipe de Jesús Calderón (b. 1962), President of Mexico from 2006 to 2012
  • Clímaco Calderón (1852-1913), Colombian lawyer, statesman and diplomat, who became President of Colombia for one day


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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