Meaning and Family History of the Surname Estrada

Estrada is a surname that means "long road."

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The toponymic surname Estrada originates from any of the many places in Spain and Portugal named Estrada, from Estrada, meaning "road." Derived from the Latin stata, denoting a "road or paved way," which in turn derives from sternere, "to strew or cover."

Surname Origin: Spanish, Portuguese

Alternate Surname Spellings: DE ESTRADA, ESTRADO, ESTRADER

Famous People With the Surname

  • Erik Estrada – American actor of Puerto Rican descent
  • Tomás Estrada Palma – First president of Cuba (1902–1906)
  • Elise Estrada – Canadian pop-singer and actress
  • Joseph Estrada – film actor, producer, former president of the Philippines

Where Do People With the Estrada Surname Live?

According to Public Profiler: World Names the majority of individuals with the Estrada surname live in Spain and Argentina, followed by concentrations in the United States, Canada, and France.

Genealogy Resources for the Surname

Estrada Family Crest - It's Not What You Think
Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as an Estrada family crest or coat of arms for the Estrada surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male-line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted. 

ESTRADA Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the Estrada surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Estrada query.

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