The origin of Servetus’ family is found in the village of “Serveto”, a little town located in the Aragonian Pyrenees, and which, at that time, belonged to the Sobrarbe county. Many members of the nobility inhabiting the Pyrenees’ valleys would move down to other warmer reconquered lands in order to benefit from the Settlement Charters issued by the Kings of Aragon. Servetus’ ancestors moved from the Pyrenees and spread throughout the Huesca Province, until some members of the family ultimately reached Villanueva de Sijena.

Although commonly, and even in Servetian circles, he is known as “Miguel Servet”, his real name was “Miguel Serveto Conesa”.

This was the name he signed under and the name he used to call himself. Serveius, Serveto or Serveti appears in all his works, except when he used the nickname “Villanovanus” to escape from the Inquisition. .

His father, who was a notary public in the Monastery of Sijena, always signed his deeds as “Serveto” o “Serbeto”. The “Serveto” family name also appears in the inscription which could be read in the altar that his family donated to the Church of Villanueva in 1558: the magnificent “Seniores”, Catalina Conesa, “infanzona” widow, and her son Father Juan Serveto of Revés, minister ”infanzón”, chaplain of Poleñino, Finished XXVI month of August year MD [?]XXXXVIII.

Image gallery of Serveto (Huesca, Spain)

If you wish to learn more about the origins of Servetus’ family, you may want to consult the following research paper: Julio P. Arribas Salaberri; “Genealogía y Heráldica de Miguel Servet”, Instituto de Estudios Ilerdenses, Lérida, 1972.

Written and translated by Sergio Baches Opi


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