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Where did the Spanish Miranda family come from? What is the Spanish Miranda family crest and coat of arms? When did the Miranda family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Miranda family history?

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.


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

First found in Asturias, birthplace of the Christian Reconquest of Spain from the Muslims.


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.


Another 95 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Miranda Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • 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

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


  • 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
  • Carmen Miranda (1909-1955), Portuguese-born Brazilian samba singer and motion picture star most active in the 1940s
  • Alberto Miranda, Bolivian communications specialist
  • Robert J Miranda, accounting firm executive



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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.

This page was last modified on 29 April 2015 at 08:22.

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