International SEPÚLVEDA presence
(work in progress)


Spain

Chile

Our latest research shows that only 2 SEPÚLVEDA made it to Chile in those early days (15th c.).
The founder of the Chilean branch, Antonio de SEPÚLVEDA LEIVA, born in Sevilla in 1562, left in 1581 to the new world (other documents mention a trip for a person with this name in 1590) and arrived in Chile through Peru in 1583. The other guy (Pedro de SEPÚLVEDA) only had 3 daughters, hence probably none of his grandchildren bore the SEPÚLVEDA surname.
Therefore all SEPÚLVEDA Chileans probably have a common ancestor in Antonio de SEPÚLVEDA LEIVA. This excludes the possibility of later SEPÚLVEDA immigrants creating new families.

Portugal

The origin of the Portuguese branch is mentionned here: However a small update can be found here:
History:
a.. "Nome de raízes toponímicas, pois que extraído do da vila com tal designação, próxima de Segóvia, da família castelhana que o adoptou por apelido era membro Martim de Sepúlveda, que foi partidário da Excelente Senhora e se viu, por isso, forçado a passar ao nosso país depois de Toro. D. João II doou-lhe o senhorio da vila de Buarcos, tendo ele tido geração em Portugal, que deu continuidade ao seu nome."

This branch through 'António Correia de Castro Sepúlveda' was made Visconde de Ervedosa in 1815 by F. Maria I, Rainha de Porugal.
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Brasil

It seems that the Brazilian branch originated from the Portuguese branch as early as in 1552 with the transatlantic crossing (and cupsizing) by captain Manuel de Sousa Sepulveda.

Puerto Rico - Mexico - U.S.A.

This branch *seems* to originate from 2 brothers who left for the new world, from Barcelona in 1495.

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Other

We have heard from individual members of this site living in The Philippines, France, Switzerland, Australia, etc. These seem to be individual stories and do not *YET* suggest a strong presence there. Otherwise, please prove me wrong :)
If you have comments or suggestions, email me at rodrigo@sepulveda.org
Last update on 12.01.2003