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

The long and noble heritage behind the name of Cordero first began in medieval 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. Many people, such as the Cordero family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. The surname Cordero was an occupational name for a shepherd. Further research showed the name was derived from the Spanish word Cordero, which means lamb.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Cordero, Cordeiro, Cordera, Cordeira and others.

First found in Asturias, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cordero research. Another 584 words(42 lines of text) covering the year 1238 is included under the topic Early Cordero History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 35 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cordero Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Yñigo Cordero sailed to New Spain in 1536
  • Juan Cordero sailed to Florida in 1538

Cordero Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • M Cordero, aged 38, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • I Cordero, aged 35, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831
  • Ynigo Cordero, who landed in New Spain in 1836
  • Juan Cordero, who landed in Florida in 1838
  • Antonio Cordero, aged 22, landed in New Orleans, La in 1858

Cordero Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Andres Cordero, aged 35, who emigrated to America from Havana, Cuba, in 1911
  • Augustine Cordero, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1915
  • Adela Cordero, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1917
  • Carmen Cordero, aged 1, who settled in America, in 1919
  • Antonio Cordero, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1921


  • Chad Patrick Cordero (b. 1982), American Major League Baseball player
  • César Borja Cordero (1882-1927), Spanish writer
  • Angel Tomas Cordero Jr., Puerto Rican jockey who has had 6674 career victories and lifetime earnings of $150 million
  • Luis Cordero, former President of Ecuador
  • Salvador Cordero, Mexican writer and educator
  • Remigio Romero Cordero, Ecuadorian poet
  • Francisco Javier Cordero (b. 1975), Dominican Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Rafael Cordero Santiago (1942-2004), better known as "Churumba," Mayor of Ponce, Puerto Rico (1989 to 2004)
  • Víctor Cordero Flores (b. 1973), retired Costa Rican football player
  • Fernando Patricio Cordero Fonseca (b. 1987), Chilean footballer


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  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
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The Cordero Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cordero 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 31 March 2015 at 23:01.

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