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Where did the Spanish Davila family come from? What is the Spanish Davila family crest and coat of arms? When did the Davila family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Davila family history?Noble surnames, such as Davila, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Davila, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. In Spain, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. Many Spanish local names reflect Arabic words or place-names because Spain was conquered by the Muslim Moors from the 8th to 12th centuries. The Davila family originally derived its name from the name of the province Avila.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Avila, de Avila, Avilés, Aviles, Dávila, Davila, Dávilla and many more.
First found in Castile, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Davila research. Another 402 words(29 lines of text) covering the years 1799 and 1801 are included under the topic Early Davila History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 75 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Davila Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
- Francisco Dávila, who sailed to America in 1512
- Pedrarias Dávila, who had fought at the siege of Granada, then turned his attention to America. In 1514, at the age of 74, he voyaged to Panama to take up the post of Governor from his son-in-law, Vasco Núñez de Balboa. From his stronghold in Panama he organized numerous expeditions to other regions of Central America, and led one of them personally, at the age of 80. Towards the end of his life he was appointed Governor of Nicaragua, where he died in 1530 at the age of 90
- Alonso Dávila, traveled to Veragua in 1535
- Marcos Dávila, sailed to Río de la Plata in 1535
Davila Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
- Joseph Davila settled in New Orleans in 1779
Davila Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
- Alonso Davila, who arrived in America in 1812
- Antonio Davila, who arrived in America in 1812
- Francisco Davila, who arrived in America in 1812
- Juan Davila, who arrived in America in 1813
- Isabel Davila, who arrived in America in 1817
Davila Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
- Santos Davila, who arrived in Texas in 1911
- Ana Davila, aged 9, who emigrated to the United States from Santa Marta, Colombia, in 1918
- Anastasia Davila, aged 47, who landed in America, in 1919
- Adolpho Davila, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States, in 1920
- Alfredo DaVila, aged 27, who settled in America, in 1921
- First Lieutenant Rudolph B. Davila (1916-2002), United States Army officer awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Italy during World War II
- Albert "Alberto" Davila (b. 1954), Mexican-American boxer
- Raúl Dávila (1931-2006), American actor
- Pedrarias Dávila (1440-1531), Spanish colonial administrator
- Miguel R. Dávila (1856-1927), President of Honduras between 1907 and 1911
- Enrico Caterino Davila (1576-1631), Italian historian and soldier
- Ulises Alejandro Dávila (b. 1991), Mexican professional footballer
- Guillermo Dávila (b. 1955), Venezuelan actor and singer
- Carlos Gregorio Dávila (1887-1955), Chilean political figure
- Virgilio Dávila (1869-1943), Puerto Rican poet, educator, politician and businessman
- Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
- de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
- Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
- Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
- Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
- Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
The Davila Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Davila 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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