Miranda History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Noble surnames, such as Miranda, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Miranda, 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. Many Spanish local names reflect Arabic words or place-names because Spain was conquered by the Muslim Moors from the 8th to 12th centuries. The Miranda family originally lived in one of the provinces of Oviedo, Lugo, Segovia, and Santa Cruz de Tenerife which is derived from the Spanish word marin, which means height or elevated position.

Early Origins of the Miranda family

The surname Miranda was first found in Asturias, birthplace of the Christian Reconquest of Spain from the Muslims.

Early History of the Miranda family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Miranda research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1041, 1677, 1749, 1481 and 1558 are included under the topic Early Miranda History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Miranda Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Miranda, de Miranda, Mirandas, de Mirandas, de las Mirandas, Mirando and many more.

Early Notables of the Miranda family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family were nineteenth century Venezuelan patriot Francisco de Miranda, who fought with Simón Bolívar for independence from Spain; Juan García de Miranda...
Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Miranda Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Miranda World Ranking

In the United States, the name Miranda is the 634th most popular surname with an estimated 47,253 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Miranda is ranked the 3,176th most popular surname with an estimated 2,000 - 2,500 people with that name. [2] And in South America, the name Miranda is the 59th popular surname with an estimated 71 people with that name. [3]


United States Miranda migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Miranda Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Pero de Miranda, who sailed to America in 1510
  • Juan de Miranda, who sailed to Hispaniola in 1512
  • García de Miranda, who sailed to America in 1528
  • Lucía Miranda voyaged to Argentina in the 1530s with her husband Sebastián Hurtado
  • Luis de Miranda, who accompanied Pedro de Mendoza to the Río de la Plata in 1534
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Miranda Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Pero De Miranda, who arrived in America in 1810 [4]
  • Juan De Miranda, who landed in Espanola in 1812 [4]
  • Francisco De Miranda, who landed in America in 1813 [4]
  • Pedro De Miranda, who landed in America in 1815 [4]
  • Sebastian De Miranda, who landed in America in 1816 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Miranda migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [5]
Miranda Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century
  • Isaac Rodrigues Miranda, who arrived in Jamaica in 1745 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Miranda (post 1700) +

  • Ernesto Arturo Miranda (1941-1976), American criminal and laborer; his charges were set aside in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona, eponym of the "Miranda warning" and "Miranda rights"
  • Andres Miranda Jr., American manufacturing company executive
  • Monica M. Arias Miranda, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2008 [6]
  • Richard Miranda, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Arizona State House of Representatives 22nd District; Elected 1998; Elected Arizona State Senate 13th District 2002 [7]
  • Abel Dejesus Miranda, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 2008 [7]
  • Antonio Pinilla Miranda (b. 1971), retired Spanish footballer
  • Sebastián Miranda, Spanish sculptor
  • Carlos Miranda, Spanish poet and novelist
  • Antônio Afonso de Miranda (1920-2021), Brazilian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Julio Antonio Miranda (1946-2021), Argentine politician and a member of the Justicialist Party, Governor of Tucumán (1999-2003)
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  3. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_common_surnames_in_South_America
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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