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

From the historical and enchanting region of Spain emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Cardozo family. The original bearer of the name Cardozo, 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.

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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.

First found in La Rioja, in northern Spain.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cardozo research. Another 251 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1223, 1529 and 1765 are included under the topic Early Cardozo History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 157 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cardozo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cardozo Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Daniel Cardozo, who landed in Jamaica in 1742
  • Leah Cardozo, who arrived in Jamaica in 1743
  • Sarah Cardozo, who landed in Jamaica in 1743
  • Abrm Roiz Cardozo, who arrived in Jamaica in 1744-1745
  • Abm Roiz Cardozo, who arrived in Jamaica in 1744

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  • Francis L. Cardozo, American politician, Delegate to South Carolina State Constitutional Convention from Charleston County, 1868; Secretary of State of South Carolina; South Carolina State Treasurer
  • Benjamin Nathan Cardozo (1870-1938), American judge


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  2. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  5. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The Cardozo Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cardozo 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 23 October 2015 at 10:27.

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