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

Noble surnames, such as Bonilla, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Bonilla, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. Many Spanish local names reflect Arabic words or place-names because the Muslim Moors from the 8th to 12th centuries conquered Spain. The Bonilla family originally lived in the place named Bonilla, which is in the province of Cuenca, Spain. Often the surname Bonilla is preceded by the prefix de, which means of or from and indicates that the name is local in origin.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Bonilla, de Bonilla, Bonella, Bonel, Bonillo and others.

First found in Castile, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bonilla research. Another 378 words(27 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bonilla History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Bonilla Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Alonso de Bonilla, who sailed to America in 1513
  • Lorenzo de Bonilla, to America in 1513
  • Juan de Bonilla, to America in 1515 with his children Lázaro and Ana
  • Juan and Alonso de Bonilla, to Peru in 1534
  • Pedro de Bonilla, to Hispaniola in 1536


Bonilla Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Juan De Bonilla, who arrived in America in 1815
  • A P Bonilla, aged 26, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1823
  • Antonio Bonilla, aged 50, landed in New Orleans, La in 1832
  • Vicente Bonilla, who landed in Mexico in 1838
  • Xaime Bonilla, who arrived in Guatemala in 1838


Bonilla Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Lewis Bonilla, aged 5, who landed in America from Popayan, Colombia, in 1905
  • Antonio Bonilla, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Medellin, Columbia, in 1906
  • Chastenia Bonilla, aged 37, who emigrated to America from San Jose, Costa Rico, in 1907
  • Clementine Bonilla, aged 21, who landed in America from San Jose, Costa Rica, in 1911
  • Manuel Antonio Bonilla, aged 36, who landed in America from San Jose, Costa Rica, in 1911


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  • Roberto Martin Antonio "Bobby" Bonilla (b. 1963), American (Puerto Rican descent), professional baseball player
  • Henry Bonilla (b. 1954), American television executive, and member of the United States House of Representatives
  • Luis Bonilla (b. 1965), Grammy award-winning American Afro-Cuban jazz and Latin jazz trombonist
  • Juan Bonilla (b. 1956), Major League Baseball player
  • Víctor Manuel Bonilla Hinestroza (b. 1971), retired Colombian football striker
  • Nelson Wilfredo Bonilla Sánchez (b. 1990), El Salvadoran footballer
  • Darwin Doronis Bonilla Salgado (b. 1990), Salvadoran footballer
  • Davy Bonilla (b. 1973), French horse racing jockey


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  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
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The Bonilla Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bonilla 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.

This page was last modified on 16 May 2014 at 16:15.

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