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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. These so-called local names often denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Sepulveda family originally lived in one of the places named Sepulveda, of which there are a number in the provinces of Salamanca and Segovia. Sepulveda is derived form the Spanish word "sepultar," which means "to bury."

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The surname Sepulveda was first found in Castile, in north central Spain.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sepúlveda, Sepulveda, de Sepúlveda, de Sepulveda and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sepulveda research. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1295 and 1638 are included under the topic Early Sepulveda History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 119 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sepulveda Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Rodrigo de Sepúlveda, who sailed to America in 1512
  • Francisco de Sepúlveda sailed to America in 1517
  • Ursula de Sepúlveda sailed to America in 1527
  • Cristóbal de Sepúlveda sailed to Hispaniola in 1534
  • Juan de Sepúlveda sailed to New Spain in 1551

Sepulveda Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Rodrigo De Sepulveda, who landed in America in 1812
  • Francisco De Sepulveda, who landed in America in 1817
  • Ursula De Sepulveda, who landed in America in 1827
  • Cristobal De Sepulveda, who arrived in Dominican Republic in 1834
  • Juan De Sepulveda, who arrived in New Spain in 1851


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  • Daniel Sepulveda (b. 1984), American NFL punter for the Pittsburgh Steelers, two-time Ray Guy Award winner
  • Ygnacio Sepulveda (1842-1916), American politician, Member of California State Assembly 2nd District, 1863-65; Superior Court Judge in California
  • Tamie Sepulveda, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 2004
  • Luis Sepulveda, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 104th District, 1996
  • Juan A. Sepúlveda Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2008
  • Francisco Xavier Sepúlveda (1742-1788), Mexican colonial soldier and patriarch of the prominent Spanish Mexican Sepúlveda family
  • Ricardo Sepúlveda, Spanish poet
  • Ricardo Sepulveda (1941-2014), Chilean football (soccer) manager and player
  • María Luisa Sepúlveda (1898-1958), Chilean composer
  • Luis Fernando Sepúlveda Villar (b. 1974), Chilean track and road cyclist

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  1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  2. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  3. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  4. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Diez, Ma Del Carmen Galbis. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias Durante los siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Archivo General de Indias Sevilla Volume 6. Murcia, Spain: Ministerio de Cultura, 1986. Print.
  7. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Sepulveda Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sepulveda 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 28 January 2016 at 13:11.

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