Cordova History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Noble surnames, such as Cordova, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Cordova, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. In Spain, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate.

Early Origins of the Cordova family

The surname Cordova was first found in Andalucia, in southern Spain.

Early History of the Cordova family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cordova research. Another 120 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1271, 1558, 1527, 1534, 1604, 1703 and 1712 are included under the topic Early Cordova History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cordova Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Córdoba, de Córdoba, Cordoba, de Cordoba, Córdova, de Córdova, Cordova, de Cordova, Cordobés, Cordobes, Cordovés, Cordoves and many more.

Early Notables of the Cordova family (pre 1700)

Notable bearers of the family name Cordova Martín Alonso Fernández de Córdoba Montemayor y Velasco (died 1558),a Spanish nobleman and first Count of Alcaudete, Viceroy of Navarra (1527-1534); and his son, Martín de Córdoba y Velasco (died 1604), marqués de Cortes and governor of Oran; fifteenth century astronomer and physician Alfonso de Córdoba; fifteenth century painter Pedro de Córdoba; fifteenth century writer Fernando de Córdoba; Gonzalo de Córdoba, the "Great Captain" of King Ferdinand in the early sixteenth century, who helped establish Spain's military supremacy in Europe; Diego de Córdova, sixteenth century...
Another 91 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cordova Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Cordova migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cordova Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Fernando de Córdova, who sailed to Peru in 1584
Cordova Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Damian Cordova, who arrived in Texas in 1835 [1]
  • Frano Cordova, who arrived in Texas in 1835 [1]
  • Franso Cordova, who landed in Texas in 1835 [1]
  • Maria Josefa Cordova, who arrived in Texas in 1835 [1]
  • Telesfor Cordova, who landed in Texas in 1835 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Cordova (post 1700) +

  • Frederick "Fred" Timmins de Cordova (1910-2001), American five-time Primetime Emmy Award winning stage, motion picture and television director and producer, best known for his work on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950)
  • Jeanne Córdova (1948-2016), German-born, American pioneer lesbian and gay rights activist
  • Marty Cordova (b. 1969), American former Major League Baseball left fielder
  • Jorge Cordova (b. 1981), American National Football League linebacker
  • Jacob De Cordova (1808-1868), American newspaper founder of the Jamaica Gleaner, member of the Texas House of Representatives
  • José María Córdova (1799-1829), Colombian general of the Colombian army during the Latin American War of Independence from Spain
  • France Anne Córdova (b. 1947), American astrophysicist, researcher and university administrator, the eleventh President of Purdue University
  • Luis de Córdova y Córdova (1706-1796), Spanish admiral
  • Juan de Córdova (1503-1595), Spanish Dominican linguist
  • María Córdova, Spanish actress
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ 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)


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