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

Noble surnames, such as Serna, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Serna, 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. The Serna family originally lived near a ridge or chain of hills. The name was originally derived from the Old French word Serre, but it was recorded in medieval documents in the Latin form Serra, which means ridge.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Serrano, Serrana, Serra and others.

First found in Castile, the medieval Spanish kingdom whose language and culture were to spread to many countries of the world.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Serna research. Another 407 words(29 lines of text) covering the years 1274, 1420, and 1749 are included under the topic Early Serna History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 77 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Serna Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Serna Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Juan DeLa Serna, who arrived in America in 1811
  • Luis DeLa Serna, who landed in America in 1813
  • Marques DeLa Serna, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1862
  • Hernando DeLa Serna, who arrived in Florida in 1863
  • Manuel DeLa Serna, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1877


  • Pepe Serna (b. 1944), American film actor and artist
  • Alexis Serna (b. 1985), American free agent placekicker and punter in the Canadian Football League
  • Joe Serna Jr. (1939-1999), American civil rights activist
  • Paul David Serna, former American professional baseball infielder
  • María Luisa Serna (b. 1979), Spanish professional female tennis player
  • Assumpta Serna (b. 1957), Spanish actress
  • Mauricio Alberto Serna (b. 1968), retired Colombian football player
  • Diego Serna (b. 1973), Colombian soccer player
  • Jorge Horacio Serna (b. 1979), Columbian football forward
  • Snooky Serna (b. 1966), Filipina film and television actress



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  8. 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.
  9. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Serna Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Serna 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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