Origin of the Name Serrano
The ancient history of the name Serrano
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Serrano is most often of Spanish and Portuguese origin but is also occasionally from Italy. Variants of the name include Serano, Sarrano, Sarano and Serrana. It is thought the name is derived from the French word 'Serre' meaning 'ridge'. It is thus of locational origin describing a person who lived near a ridge or cliff. Earliest records of the name are found in Castile, the ancient Spanish Kingdom in the North of the Iberian peninsula. A notable bearer of the name was Pedro Serrano who was a Spanish sailor reported as having been marooned on a tiny Caribbean island in the year 1520, He was rescued seven years later although there are differing versions of this tale. The island was first recorded as Serrana Bank on a Dutch map in the year 1545. Juan Serrano was a Portuguese explorer who sailed with Magellan around the world in 1519. From Spain the name Serrano spread to the rest of Europe and from there to America, Canada, Australia and the new world beyond.
The Serrano coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Serrano descendants.