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This surname is derived from the Latin word "villa," which originally meant a house or estate, but later came to denote a village. Thus, as a surname, Villa no doubt was used to describe "someone from the village."

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The surname Villa was first found in Castille where bearers of the name were found in the mountains of Santander.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Villa, Devilla, de Villa, Villas and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Villa research. Another 334 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1656, 1676, 1692, 1694, and 1757 are included under the topic Early Villa History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Villa Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Villa Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Franca Villa, who arrived in New Orleans in 1826
  • Rafelo Villa, who came to New Orleans in 1831
  • Rafelo Villa, aged 40, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831
  • Franco Villa, aged 22, landed in New Orleans, La in 1836
  • Pedro Villa, aged 30, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1846


Villa Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Adelina Villa, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States, in 1912
  • Adalgisa Villa, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1914
  • Albina Villa, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Arzano, Italy, in 1921
  • Aime Villa, who landed in America, in 1923
  • Aguillino Villa, aged 22, who settled in America, in 1924

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  • Regina Villa, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1980
  • Mario Villa, American politician, Mayor of Amsterdam, New York, 1980-87, 1992-95
  • Hector Villa, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State Senate 29th District, 1996
  • Amparo Villa, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1996
  • Al Villa, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972; Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1972
  • Javier Villa (b. 1987), Spanish racing driver
  • David Villa (b. 1981), Spanish footballer
  • José Moreno Villa, Spanish poet
  • Marco Villa (b. 1969), Italian Olympic cyclist
  • Pancho Villa (1878-1923), born Doroteo Arango, Mexican revolutionary


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Una buena muerte honra toda una vida
Motto Translation: A good death honors the whole life.

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  1. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  2. 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.
  3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. 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. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  7. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
  8. 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.
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
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The Villa Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Villa 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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