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

The distinguished Spanish surname Olguin is of nickname origin, derived from a nickname that illustrated a personal attribute or physical characteristic of the original bearer. In this instance, the surname derives from a diminutive form of the Castilian word "holgado," from the verb "holgar," meaning "to rest" or "to be inactive." However, beginning with the fourteenth century, the meaning of "holgar" changed slightly, meaning "to enjoy oneself," "to be happy."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Olguin, Hollguin, Ologuin, Holquin and others.

First found in Cáceres, in the ancient kingdom of Castile, where the family held their ancestral seat. Early references show that Juan Alvarez de Holguin was Governor of Castelbono in 1292, a position which was also held by Juan Peres Holgin in 1460.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Olguin research. Another 133 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1486, 1525, 1560, 1620, 1581, 1530, 1560 and 1600 are included under the topic Early Olguin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 193 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Olguin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Olguin Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Mencia Olguin, who arrived in America in 1853

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  • John Main Olguin (1921-2011), American aquarium official, Museum Director of the Cabrillo Marine Museum (1949-1987)
  • Fernando Manzano Olguin (b. 1961), American jurist, United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Luciano Olguín (b. 1982), Argentine football striker
  • Jorge Mario Olguín (b. 1952), retired Argentine footballer
  • Adriana Olguín de Baltra (b. 1915), Chilean lawyer and politician, former Minister of Justice, the first woman ever to hold a cabinet post in Latin America
  • Felipe R. Solís Olguín (1944-2009), Mexican archaeologist, anthropologist, and historian
  • Sergio Olguín (b. 1967), Argentine author, journalist and literary critic
  • Otilio Olguín (b. 1931), Mexican swimmer and water polo player at the 1952 Summer Olympics


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