Serrao History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

The surname Serrao 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 Serrao family

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Serrao Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Serrao family (pre 1700)

Notable bearers of the family name Serrao 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...
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Migration of the Serrao family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: María Serrana, who sailed to America in 1513; Alonso Serrano, to Peru in 1534; Antonio Serrano, to Cartagena in 1535; Cristóbal Serrano came to the Americas in 1511.

Contemporary Notables of the name Serrao (post 1700) +

  • Carlos Serrao, American professional photographer
  • Joaquim Veríssimo Serrao (b. 1925), Portuguese historian
  • Giovanni Andrea Serrao (1731-1799), Italian intellectual and churchman of the Kingdom of Naples
  • Manuel Serrao, Portuguese nobleman
  • Francisco Serrao (d. 1521), Portuguese explorer and a cousin of Ferdinand Magellan
  • Joaquim Verissimo Serrão (b. 1925), Portuguese historian and Professor Emeritus of the Faculty of Letters of Lisbon University
  • Paolo Serrao (1830-1907), influential Italian teacher of musical theory and composition on Facebook