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

Noble surnames, such as Valencia, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Valencia, 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 Valencia family originally lived in one of the city of Valenicia, which is situated on the Guadalebiar river. The city was first named Valencia de Campos by the king of Leon in 1150.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Valencia, de Valencia, Valenciano, Valenciana and many more.

First found in Castile, in north central Spain.


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Valencia Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Valencia research. Another 371 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1195 and 1789 are included under the topic Early Valencia History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Valencia Early Notables



Another 57 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Valencia Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Diego de Valencia, who sailed to America in 1513
  • Pedro de Valencia de Alcántara sailed to America in 1513 with his brother Fernando
  • Juan de Valencia sailed to America in 1517
  • Gaspar de Valencia sailed to Florida in 1538
  • Francisco de Valencia sailed to Hispaniola in 1588


Valencia Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Gabriel Valencia, who landed in America in 1812
  • Pedro De Valencia, who arrived in America in 1813
  • Juan De Valencia, who landed in America in 1817
  • Diego De Valencia, who arrived in America in 1827
  • Manuel Valencia, aged 40, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829


Valencia Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • J. Valencia, who came to Arizona in 1918

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  2. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
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  6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
  10. 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.
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The Valencia Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Valencia 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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