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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).

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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.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Espada research. Another 289 words (21 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.

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Another 89 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Espada Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Espada Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Chas Antoine Gabriel Espada, who landed in Richmond, Va in 1791

Espada Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Hernando Del Espada, who landed in Peru in 1834
  • Emeterio Espada, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860

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  • 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)
  • Pedro Espada Jr., American politician, Member of New York State Senate; Defeated, 2002; Elected 2008
  • 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)


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  2. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  3. 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.
  4. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
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The Espada Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Espada 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 30 October 2015 at 10:06.

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