Hola Los Serna...Here is some information that I have gathered over the years regarding the variations on the spelling and meaning of our beautiful name of Serna.
My grandfather Fermin Serna was from Marin, NL, MX, where my father, Manuel Jesus was born in 1938, to Francisca Gonzalez de Serna. From the stories I was told growing up. My abuelo Fermin, was of Spanish and Greek descent.
I am not sure and who is alive really to prove it but it had been said that the Serna name before it was said Serna as it was in Spain for centuries, had been Sernalas in Greece, most likely spelled, Cernalas. Being that a lot of Greek names have the 'las' ending, it sounds quite probable.
So this takes me to the Serna with an S spelling vs. the Cerna with a C spelling. About ten years ago, during some missionary work for my church I had the opportunity to travel half way across the world to the biggest city in Siberia, Novosibirsk.
When I arrived, and socialized with the local Russians there, they all thought I was Russian. Why because the last name, Cerna, the C is the letter S in Cyrillic, means 'hooved animal like a dear'. (Cyrillic and the Greek alphabet are very similar too...)
So I had a Russian last name...to add to the blending in with the Russians...I was told that I looked Tartar, which are an indigenous people of the region, and that to the Russians, Mexicans and Tartars look the same.
So...it tied a lot of things together for me. And I hope this little story does the same for you. OH one more thing since I don't know when I may be back around to say hello again. My Tia, Maria Antonietta Serna de Dominguez, who lives in Monterrey, NL, would always say...
"¡Los Serna son AMOR!" with tears in her eyes, and give big hugs and kisses to all of us, the tias and tios, primos, and abuelos. And I truely believe, we are love, in many ways Dear LOVE!
¡Con Amor a todos!
San Francisco, CA
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