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Noble surnames, such as Serra, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Serra, 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 Serra 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.

Serra Early Origins



The surname Serra was first found in Castile, the medieval Spanish kingdom whose language and culture were to spread to many countries of the world.

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Serra Spelling Variations


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Serra Spelling Variations



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

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Serra Early History


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Serra Early History



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

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Serra Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Serra Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable bearers of the family name Serra were brothers Jaime, Juan and Pedro Serra, fourteenth century painters; Juan de Serrano, prior of Guadalupe in the 1420s; friar Junípero Serra, a Franciscan originally from Mallorca who went to New Spain...

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Serra Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Serra Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Felix Serra, aged 18, arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Buenaventura Serra, aged 47, arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Ventura Serra, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1823
  • Antonio Serra, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1826
  • Carlos Serra, aged 17, landed in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Serra (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Serra (post 1700)



  • Richard Serra (b. 1939), American minimalist sculptor
  • José Serra (b. 1942), Brazilian politician
  • Barbara Serra (b. 1975), Italian-born British-based journalist and TV newsreader
  • Florent Serra (b. 1981), French male tennis player
  • Luciana Serra (b. 1946), Italian soprano

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
    8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
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    The Serra Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Serra 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 14 May 2014 at 15:05.

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