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Spelling variations of this family name include: Leiva, Leyva, Leifa, Lieva, Leyba and others.

First found in Castile, in north central Spain.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leiva research. Another 415 words (30 lines of text) covering the year 1528 is included under the topic Early Leiva History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leiva Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • P Leiva, aged 22, landed in New Orleans, La in 1825
  • Francisco Leiva, who landed in America in 1828
  • P. Leiva who settled in New Orleans in 1835
  • V. Leiva who settled in New Orleans in 1860
  • I V Leiva, aged 29, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1860


Leiva Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Arturo Leiva, aged 17, who settled in America from Havana, Cuba, in 1908
  • Angela Leiva, aged 51, who emigrated to the United States from Cienfugos, Cuba, in 1913
  • Adelina de Leiva, aged 21, who landed in America from San Salvador, Salvador, in 1915
  • Carlos Leiva, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States from San Salvador, Salvador, in 1915
  • Emilie Leiva, aged 33, who landed in America from Oviede, Spain, in 1919


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  • Ponciano Leiva (1821-1896), two-time President of Honduras
  • Lucas Pezzini Leiva (b. 1987), Brazilian football midfielder


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  2. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  4. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
  5. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Leiva Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leiva 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.

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