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Where did the Spanish Villa family come from? What is the Spanish Villa family crest and coat of arms? When did the Villa family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Villa family history?

This surname is derived from the Latin word "villa," which originally meant a house or estate, but later came to denote a village. Thus, as a surname, Villa no doubt was used to describe "someone from the village."


Spelling variations of this family name include: Villa, Devilla, de Villa, Villas and others.

First found in Castille where bearers of the name were found in the mountains of Santander.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Villa research. Another 334 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1656, 1676, 1692, 1694, and 1757 are included under the topic Early Villa History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 55 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Villa Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Villa Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Franca Villa, who arrived in New Orleans in 1826
  • Rafelo Villa, who came to New Orleans in 1831
  • Rafelo Villa, aged 40, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831
  • Franco Villa, aged 22, landed in New Orleans, La in 1836
  • Pedro Villa, aged 30, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1846

Villa Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Adelina Villa, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States, in 1912
  • Adalgisa Villa, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1914
  • Albina Villa, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Arzano, Italy, in 1921
  • Aime Villa, who landed in America, in 1923
  • Aguillino Villa, aged 22, who settled in America, in 1924


  • José Moreno Villa, Spanish poet
  • David Villa (b. 1981), Spanish footballer
  • Javier Villa (b. 1987), Spanish racing driver
  • Pancho Villa (1878-1923), born Doroteo Arango, Mexican revolutionary
  • Marco Villa (b. 1969), Italian Olympic cyclist


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Una buena muerte honra toda una vida
Motto Translation: A good death honors the whole life.


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  2. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  3. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  10. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
  11. ...

The Villa Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Villa Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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