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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.

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

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Miranda research. Another 143 words (10 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.

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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.

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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 sailed to Hispaniola in 1512
  • García de Miranda 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
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Miranda Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Isaac Rodrigues Miranda, who arrived in Jamaica in 1745

Miranda Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Pero De Miranda, who arrived in America in 1810
  • Juan De Miranda, who landed in Espanola in 1812
  • Francisco De Miranda, who landed in America in 1813
  • Pedro De Miranda, who landed in America in 1815
  • Sebastian De Miranda, who landed in America in 1816
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  • Monica M. Arias Miranda, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2008
  • Richard Miranda, American Democrat politician, Member of Arizona State House of Representatives 22nd District; Elected 1998; Elected Arizona State Senate 13th District 2002
  • Abel Dejesus Miranda, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 2008
  • Ernesto Arturo Miranda (1941-1976), eponym of the "Miranda warning" and "Miranda rights"
  • Antonio Pinilla Miranda (b. 1971), retired Spanish footballer
  • Sebastián Miranda, Spanish sculptor
  • Carlos Miranda, Spanish poet and novelist
  • Francisco de Miranda, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Miguel Miranda, Argentine businessman and politician
  • Fernando Márquez Miranda, Argentine archeologist
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    Other References

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
    4. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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    The Miranda Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Miranda 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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