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Where did the Villanueva coat of arms come from? When did the Villanueva family first arrive in the United States?

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Origin Displayed: Spanish

Spelling variations of this family name include: Villinueva, Vilanova, Villanova, Villanave and others.

First found in Catalonia, in northeastern Spain.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Among them were: Hernando De Villanueva, who arrived in America in 1511; Balthasar Villanueva, who came to Nicaragua in 1534; Francisco De Vilanueva, who came to Florida in 1538.

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Some noteworthy people of the name Villanueva
  • Dr. Francisco Márquez Villanueva, American university professor; connected to the family on his mother's side is Nobel Prize winning Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez
  • Marianne Villanueva, Filipino-American short story writer
  • José Villanueva, Filipino Olympic Games medal winner in boxing (1932)
  • James Villanueva, professor of English from Singapore
  • Armando Villanueva (b. 1915), Peruvian politician

Learn More About Spanish Surnames



Aragon, which is a region of northeastern Spain in the Iberian peninsula. Aragon has a proud cultural heritage and its own unique language. In 1137, the regions of Aragon and Catalonia united to form the Crown of Aragon, whose illustrious line of kings led the reconquest of the eastern peninsula from the Muslims. The Crown of Aragon extended its Mediterranean empire with the recapture of Mallorca in 1229 and Sicily in 1282 and it remained an important power throughout the Middle Ages. In 1469, King Ferdinand of Aragon married Isabella of Castile and this union brought together the two most powerful kingdoms of Spain to create a united Spanish nation.



Following the decline of the Roman Empire, in the 5th century AD, the Visigoths came to control the peninsula. Part of the Visigothic legacy to Spanish civilization was the introduction of the institution of monarchy. Several centuries later, in 711, the Visigothic kingdom in Spain was invaded by Muslims. Aside from a nucleus of resistance which was maintained in the north, the Muslim victory was complete by the year 718.



Spain, which is presently a state that includes the Balearic and Canary Islands and is in southwestern Europe, was originally settled by the Iberians. In the first millennium BC, the Celts, who were from central Europe, invaded and began to mingle with the native Iberians. Later, Greeks and Carthaginians colonized the coasts; however, they were replaced by the Romans by the 3rd century BC.



In 420, The Visigoths captured Spain from the Vandals and proudly returned it to Rome. Unfortunately, 18 years later the Suevi overran the peninsula.


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