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

The noble Spanish surname Olmedo is of locative origin, being derived from the topographic or man made feature where the initial bearer resided. In this case, Olmedo derives from the Castilian element "olmeda," in turn derived from a contraction of "olmo" meaning "elm tree," plus the suffix "eda," meaning "abundance." Thus, the surname Olmedo was used to identify a person who lived in a place where many elm trees grew.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Olmeda, Olmedo, Olmera, Olmo and others.

First found in the Spanish province of Valladolid, in the Castilla la Vieja.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Olmedo research. Another 364 words(26 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Olmedo History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 56 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Olmedo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Olmedo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Bartolome De Olmedo, who landed in America in 1816
  • Andres De Olmedo, who landed in America in 1827
  • Antonio De Olmedo, who arrived in Cartagena in 1834
  • Jose Olmedo, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1839
  • Gaspar De Olmedo, who arrived in Peru in 1892


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  • Alejandro Olmedo (b. 1959), Peruvian tennis player
  • Luis Velozeo Olmedo (b. 1937), painter in the Philippines
  • Onib Olmedo (1937-1996), award-winning expressionist Filipino painter
  • Alberto Olmedo (1933-1988), Argentine comedian and actor
  • Adolfo Olmedo (1865-1922), Mexican born doctor


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  2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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  5. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Olmedo Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Olmedo 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 11 July 2011 at 14:16.

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