Espada History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The mountainous borders of Spain contain the origins of the prestigious surname Espada. The Spanish surname Espada is derived from the place name where the initial bearer lived or held land. In this instance it is derived from the name of a town located in the valley of Salazar, in the district of Aoiz (Navarre, Spain).

Early Origins of the Espada family

The surname Espada was first found in the Navarre- Basque region, one of the medieval Christian kingdoms of northern Spain. Early records show a presence of the Espada family in Pamplona, Navarre.

Early History of the Espada family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Espada research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1676, 1400, 1403, 1400, 1401 and 1403 are included under the topic Early Espada History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Espada Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Esparsa, Esparse, Esparta, Espara, Espasa, Spada, Spata, Espada, Espadas and many more.

Early Notables of the Espada family (pre 1700)

Prominent among bearers of the family name at this time was Sgouros Bova Spata (Zgur) (1400-1403), Lord of Arta briefly in 1400, Lord of Angelokastron until his death...
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Espada migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Espada Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Charles Antoine Gabriel Espada, who landed in Richmond, Va in 1791 [1]
Espada Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hernando Del Espada, who landed in Peru in 1834 [1]
  • Emeterio Espada, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Espada (post 1700)

  • Pedro Espada Jr., American politician, Member of New York State Senate; Defeated, 2002; Elected 2008 [2]
  • Josue Espada (b. 1975), Puerto Rican-born, American Major League Baseball player, coach, and manager
  • Martín Espada (b. 1957), American Latino poet, professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Pedro Espada Jr. (b. 1953), American politician, Member of the New York Senate (2009-2010)
  • Eduardo "Edu" Espada Gallardo (b. 1981), Spanish footballer
  • Dr. José Rafael Espada (b. 1944), Guatemala politician, Vice President of Guatemala (2008-2012)
  • Ángel Espada (b. 1948), Puerto Rican former welterweight boxer, WBA's World Welterweight champion (1975-1976)


  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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from
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