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

Noble surnames, such as Medinilla, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Medinilla, 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 Medinilla family originally lived in the town named Medina. Medina was a common place-name in the Iberian Peninsula during the Muslim occupation because it was the Arabic word for town.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Medina, Medinilla and others.

First found in Castile, predominant among the Christian kingdoms of medieval Spain.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Medinilla research. Another 173 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1352, 1659, 1710 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Medinilla History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 131 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Medinilla Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Medinilla Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Pedro Medinilla, who arrived in New Spain in 1835

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The Medinilla Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Medinilla 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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