Aguilar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Aguilar emerged in the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Aguilar, 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 Aguilar family originally lived in a region close to an eagles nest. The surname Aguilar originally derived for the Latin word L'Aquillare which referred to a haunt for eagles.
Early Origins of the Aguilar family
The surname Aguilar was first found in Castile, predominant among the Christian kingdoms of medieval Spain.
Early History of the Aguilar family
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Aguilar Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Aguilar, Aguilera, Aguiler, Aguiar, Aquilar and others.
Early Notables of the Aguilar family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family were Francisco de Aguilar, steward to King Peter III in 1383; Jerónimo Aguilera, a soldier of the Reconquest who helped take Granada in 1492 and was rewarded by Ferdinand and Isabella; Diego Aguilera, sixteenth century Spanish painter; sixteenth century nobleman Juan de Aguilar of Salamanca; Francisco de Aguilar, castellan in Burgos in 1545; seventeenth century Spanish playwright Gaspar de Aguilar; seventeenth century Spanish painter Tomás de Aguiar, who was a disciple of Velázquez...
Aguilar World Ranking
In the United States, the name Aguilar is the 359th most popular surname with an estimated 74,610 people with that name.  However, in France, the name Aguilar is ranked the 2,758th most popular surname with an estimated 2,000 - 2,500 people with that name.  And in South America, the name Aguilar is the 94th popular surname with an estimated 50 people with that name. 
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Aguilar Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
Aguilar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. 
Aguilar Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century