Cardenas Family History
Cardenas Name Meaning
Spanish (Cárdenas): habitational name from any of the places in the provinces of Almería and La Rioja named Cárdenas from the feminine plural of cárdeno ‘blue bluish purple’ (from Late Latin cardinus from cardus ‘thistle’). Presumably the noun tierras ‘lands’ is to be understood and the reference is to land covered with bluish plants such as thistles or vines. Compare De Cardenas .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press