Valdivia History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Noble surnames, such as Valdivia, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Valdivia, 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 Valdivia family originally lived in Valdivielso. This place-name is derived from the Asturian word val-di-vieso, which means old man's-valley.

Early Origins of the Valdivia family

The surname Valdivia was first found in Leon, a region of northwestern Spain.

Early History of the Valdivia family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Valdivia research. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1242 and 1544 are included under the topic Early Valdivia History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Valdivia Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Valdivia, de Valdivia, Valdivieso, de Valdivieso, Valdivielso, de Valdivielso, Valdevieso and many more.

Early Notables of the Valdivia family (pre 1700)

Notable bearers of the family name Valdivia were Spanish priest Antonio Valdivieso, named Bishop of Nicaragua in 1544, a defender of Indian rights; nineteenth century Ecuadoran philanthropist Bernardo...
Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Valdivia Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Valdivia migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Valdivia Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Pedro de Valdivia, a soldier who had already served the Spanish Crown with distinction in Flanders and Italy. He voyaged to America in the 1530s, journeying to Venezuela and then to Peru. Pizarro selected him to lead an expedition to Chile in 1540. Four years later he founded the capital city of Santiago. The city of Valdivia in Chile was named for him
  • Melchor de Valdivia, who sailed to Guatemala in 1538
  • Aranda Valdivia, who sailed to Chile in 1579
  • Ana de Valdivia, who sailed to Peru in 1592
Valdivia Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Aranda Valdivia, who landed in Chile in 1879 [1]
  • Pedro Aranda De Valdivia, who arrived in Chile in 1879 [1]
  • Ana De Valdivia, who arrived in Peru in 1892 [1]
  • Rogue Valdivia, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
Valdivia Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Aniceto Valdivia, aged 50, who immigrated to America from Havana, Cuba, in 1909
  • Ercilia Valdivia, aged 48, who landed in America, in 1913
  • Anicela Valdivia, aged 50, who landed in America from Havana, Cuba, in 1913
  • Honorio E. Valdivia, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1913
  • Horacio Valdivia, aged 36, who settled in America from Paris, France, in 1919
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Valdivia (post 1700) +

  • Jose Valdivia Jr. (b. 1974), Peruvian jockey in American Thoroughbred horse racing
  • Julia Valdivia, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1996; Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 2000; Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 2000 [2]
  • Javier Valdivia (b. 1941), former Mexican footballer
  • Julio César Valdivia (b. 1982), Mexican footballer
  • Pierrick Valdivia (b. 1988), French footballer
  • Jorge Valdivia (b. 1983), Chilean football player
  • Javier Valdivia Huerta (b. 1941), former Mexican footballer


  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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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