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The name Aguilera emerged in the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Aguilera, 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 the Muslim Moors from the 8th to 12th centuries conquered Spain. The Aguilera family originally lived in a region close to an eagles nest. The surname Aguilera originally derived for the Latin word L'Aquillare which referred to a haunt for eagles.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Aguilar, Aguilera, Aguiler, Aguiar, Aquilar 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 Aguilera research. Another 245 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1211, 1238, 1252, 1383, 1492, 1545, 1714, 1837 and 1846 are included under the topic Early Aguilera History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 303 words (22 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Aguilera Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Juan de Aguilera, to Hispaniola in 1534
  • Sebastián de Aguilera y Arriaga, with his wife Ana, Son Alonso and daughter Isabel, to Peru in 1586
  • Beatriz de Aguilera, with her daughters Leonor, Marina, Catalina, Tomasina and Isabel, to Peru in 1592

Aguilera Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Gabriel De Aguilera, who arrived in America in 1826
  • Gonzalo De Aguilera, who landed in America in 1826
  • Beatriz De Aguilera, who landed in Peru in 1892

Aguilera Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Antonio Aguilera, aged 15, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Antonio Aguilera, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Camaguey, Cuba, in 1911
  • Bernardo Aguilera, aged 44, who emigrated to America from Havana, Cuba, in 1914
  • Antonio Aguilera, aged 11, who landed in America from Santiago, Cuba, in 1916
  • Antonio Aguilera, aged 35, who settled in America, in 1917


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  • Richard Warren Aguilera (b. 1961), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Christina María Aguilera (b. 1980), American four-time Grammy Award winning recording artist and actress
  • José Montilla Aguilera (b. 1955), Spanish politician, 128th President of the Generalitat de Catalunya (2006-2010)
  • Ventura Ruiz Aguilera (1820-1881), Spanish poet
  • Juan Aguilera (b. 1962), Spanish tennis player
  • Jorge Aguilera (b. 1966), Cuban sprinter
  • Jaime Roldós Aguilera (1940-1981), President of Ecuador
  • Francisco Vicente Aguilera (1821-1877), Cuban patriot
  • Roland "Pato" Vargas- Aguilera (b. 1979), Bolivian footballer
  • Carlos Alberto Aguilera Nova (b. 1964), retired Uruguayan footballer


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