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Origins Available: Italian, Spanish


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The surname Quintanilla was first found in Messina (Sicilian: Missina; Latin: Messana), capital of the Italian province of Messina. Its history begins in 397 B.C. After a checkered history the Saracens took it in 831, and the Normans in 1061. It was host to the crusaders in 1190. Garibaldi landed in 1860 and it was the last city to be made a part of united Italy. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry. The family were originally a noble family from Spain at Duegnas. The heads of this family in Spain in 1660 were the Marques de Quintana del Marco of Galicia and the Marques de Quintana de las Torres, a Caballero of Calatrava.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Quintana, Quintano, Quintanna, Quintanni, Quinta, Quinto, De Quinta and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quintanilla research. Another 340 words (24 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Quintanilla History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Quintanilla Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Diego Quintanilla, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Pedro De Quintanilla, who arrived in America in 1813
  • R Quintanilla, aged 30, landed in New Orleans, La in 1854
  • Francisco Quintanilla, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1881
  • Maria De Quintanilla, who landed in Peru in 1892

Quintanilla Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Maria Quintanilla, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Barcelona, Spain, in 1916
  • Luis Quintanilla, aged 19, who settled in America from Mexico City, Mexico, in 1919
  • Marcelino Quintanilla, aged 18, who landed in America from Anaz, Spain, in 1920
  • Benito Quintanilla, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Lierganes, Spain, in 1920
  • Soledad Quintanilla, aged 29, who emigrated to America from Anza, Spain, in 1920


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  • John Quintanilla, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2008
  • Humberto L. Quintanilla, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1972
  • Chente Quintanilla, American Democrat politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 75th District; Elected 2002; Elected unopposed 2004; Elected 2006, 2008; Elected unopposed 2010
  • Carlos Quintanilla, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Texas 33rd District, 2012
  • Abraham Issac Quintanilla Jr. (b. 1939), Mexican American singer-songwriter and record producer
  • Carl Quintanilla, Emmy-winning co-anchor of the CNBC network's "Squawk Box" morning program
  • Hector Quintanilla Jr. (1923-1998), United States Air Force (USAF) Lt Colonel
  • Abraham Isaac Quintanilla III (b. 1963), Mexican American musician and record producer
  • Omar Quintanilla (b. 1981), American Major League Baseball player
  • Selena Quintanilla (1971-1995), best known as Selena, was a Mexican American singer

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  1. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
  2. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
  3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  4. 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).
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  7. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
  10. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
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The Quintanilla Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Quintanilla 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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