Show ContentsCardoza History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and enchanting region of Spain emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Cardoza family. The original bearer of the name Cardoza, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful place named Cardenas in the region of Castilla la Vieja or in the place named Cardenas in the Rioja region. The place-name Cardenas is derived from the Aragonese word "cardelina," which means goldfinch. In Spanish, local surnames are often preceded by de, which is a prefix that means of or from and is indicative of a toponymic origin.

Early Origins of the Cardoza family

The surname Cardoza was first found in La Rioja, in northern Spain.

Early History of the Cardoza family

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Cardoza Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Cárdenas, de Cárdenas, Cardenas, de Cardenas, Cárdena, de Cárdena, Cardena, de Cardena, Cardenes, de Cardenes, Cardo, de Cardo and many more.

Early Notables of the Cardoza family (pre 1700)

Notable bearers of the family name Cardoza were Diego Cárdenas y Macón, a soldier of the Reconquest who fought for Ferdinand and Isabella to recapture Granada; Diego de Cárdenas y Enríquez, created Duke of Maqueda in 1529; Agustín de Cárdenas y Castellón, created Marquis of Cárdenas de Montehermoso in 1765; nineteenth century Nicaraguan politician Adán Cárdenas; nineteenth century Spanish writer and military officer Miguel Cárdenas y Chávez; nineteenth century Cuban writer José María de Cárdenas y Rodríguez; nineteenth century...
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Cardoza Ranking

In the United States, the name Cardoza is the 3,863rd most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]

United States Cardoza migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cardoza Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Cardoza, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1823 [2]
  • Mr. Cardoza, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • Arabella Cardoza, aged 29, who settled in America, in 1895
  • M. Cardoza, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1895
  • Dominges A. Cardoza, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States, in 1897
Cardoza Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Benjamin L. Cardoza, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Keith Frances Cardoza, aged 2, who immigrated to America, in 1909
  • Clara Lopes Cardoza, aged 36, who immigrated to America, in 1910
  • Joseph Cardoza, aged 37, who immigrated to the United States from Port Antonio, Jamaica, in 1913
  • Fernando Cardoza, aged 49, who landed in America, in 1918
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West Indies Cardoza 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. [3]
Cardoza Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century
  • Daniel Cardoza, who arrived in Jamaica in 1742 [2]
  • Leah Cardoza, who landed in Jamaica in 1743 [2]
  • Sarah Cardoza, who arrived in Jamaica in 1743 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cardoza (post 1700) +

  • Avery Cardoza (b. 1957), American author and publisher of gambling books including: Winning Casino Blackjack for the Non-Counter, Official World Series of Poker Strategy Guide: No-Limit Tournament Hold’em and others
  • Anthony "Tony" Cardoza (b. 1930), American actor and film producer
  • Dennis Cardoza (b. 1959), American politician, U.S. Representative for California's 18th congressional district
  • J. J. Cardoza, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in SAINT George, 1884 [4]
  • Isaac N. Cardoza, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 6th District, 1853-54 [4]
  • Helen B. Cardoza, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1932 [4]
  • George M. Cardoza, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1952 [4]
  • Dennis A. Cardoza (b. 1959), American Democratic Party politician, Member of California State Assembly, 1996-2002; U.S. Representative from California 18th District, 2003- [4]
  • David Cardoza, English Chairman and a Director of Northampton Town Football Club

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  2. 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. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from on Facebook