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Noble surnames, such as Medina, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Medina, 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 Medina 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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The surname Medina was first found in Castile, predominant among the Christian kingdoms of medieval Spain.

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


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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Francisco de Medina, who voyaged to Mexico with Cortés, and became governor of Chiapas in 1523
  • Bartolomé Medina, a mineralogist from Seville who traveled to Mexico in 1554
  • Hernando de Medina, who emigrated to Nicaragua in 1561 with his wife Catalina and sons Andrés and Anton
  • Juan de Medina, landed in Florida in 1563
  • Ana de Medina, arived to New Spain in 1563 with her children Gabriel, Francisca, María, Catalina and Ana


Medina Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Jose Medina, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Cristobal De Medina, who arrived in America in 1810
  • Francisco De Medina, who landed in America in 1811
  • Gonzalo De Medina, who landed in America in 1812
  • Juan De Medina, who landed in America in 1812


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  • Luis Main Medina (b. 1963), American retired Major League Baseball first baseman
  • José Medina (b. 1970), Venezuelan bronze medalist weightlifter at the 1991 Pan American Games
  • Debra Medina (b. 1962), American politician, 2010 Texas gubernatorial candidate
  • Ann Medina, American-born, Canadian television journalist and documentary producer
  • Jose Medina, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996, 2008
  • James R. Medina, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 5th District, 1978
  • Hector Medina, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2012
  • Harold Raymond Medina (1888-1990), American politician, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York, 1947-51; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, 1951-58
  • Eliseo V. Medina, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996, 2000, 2004
  • David M. Medina, American Republican politician, Justice of Texas State Supreme Court; Elected 2006; Defeated in primary, 2012

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  1. 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.
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  6. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
  7. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
  8. 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).
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
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The Medina Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Medina 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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