Serrano History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Serrano family

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

Early History of the Serrano family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Serrano research. Another 128 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1274, 1420, and 1749 are included under the topic Early Serrano History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Serrano Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Serrano family (pre 1700)

Notable bearers of the family name Serrano 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 Serrano Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Serrano migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Serrano Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Cristóbal Serrano, who settled in the Americas in 1511
  • Alonso Serrano, settled in Peru in 1534
  • Iñigo Serrano, moved to Peru in 1534
  • Martín Serrano, moved to Cartagena in 1535
  • Pedro Serrano, moved to New Spain in 1535
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Serrano Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alejo Serrano, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1802 [1]
  • Cristobal Serrano, who landed in America in 1811 [1]
  • Juan Serrano, who landed in America in 1811 [1]
  • Martin Serrano, who landed in America in 1814 [1]
  • Bartolome Serrano, who landed in America in 1815 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Serrano (post 1700) +

  • José Marco Serrano, American politician, Member of the New York Senate
  • José Enrique Serrano (b. 1943), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York (2013-)
  • Nina Serrano (b. 1934), award-winning American poet, writer, storyteller, and independent media producer
  • Nestor Serrano (b. 1955), American stage, film, and television actor
  • Andres Serrano (b. 1950), American photographer and artist
  • Aurelio Campa Serrano (1933-2020), Spanish professional footballer who played as a defender
  • Carlos Seco Serrano (1923-2020), Spanish historian who specialised in the contemporary era from Toledo; he died from COVID-19
  • Don Francisco Serrano Domínguez Cuenca y Pérez de Vargas (1810-1885), 1st Duke of la Torre Grandee of Spain, Count of San Antonio, a Spanish marshal and statesman. He was Prime Minister of Spain and regent in 1868-1869
  • José Serrano (b. 1957), Spanish modern pentathlete at the 1980 Summer Olympics
  • José Manuel Serrano Arenas (b. 1981), Spanish footballer
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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