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Quesada is a Spanish name originating from the region of Jaén, Andalucia. It was originally the surname of the nobility from the town of Quesada. It is also briefly mentioned in the tale of Don Quixote as a possible alternate surname for the title character.


This surname was first recorded during the 1240s AD, in a manuscript about Ferdinand III of Castile's army recapturing Seville.[1]




  • Quesada (genus), an insect genus in the family Cicadidae
  • Quesada Pasiega, a typical dessert of the Pas valley in Cantabria, Spain; made mainly of fresh cheese, butter, flour and eggs


  1. ^ "Historia y heráldica del apellido Quesada.". GRAN INDICE DE HERALDICA E HISTORIA DE APELLIDOS. HERALDICA ESCUDOS DE APELLIDOS. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 

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