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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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The surname Olmedo was first found in the Spanish province of Valladolid, in the Castilla la Vieja.

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


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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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  • Lucas Olmedo, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly 35th District, 1966
  • 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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