Avila History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Noble surnames, such as Avila, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Avila, 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 Avila family originally derived its name from the name of the province Avila.
Early Origins of the Avila family
The surname Avila was first found in Castile, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain. One of the earliest records of the name dates from the twelfth century: Blasco Gimeno de Avila was a nobleman who became Governor of Avila during the reign of King Alfonso VI. From Castile the family branched to other regions of the Christian north, including Leon.
Early History of the Avila family
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Avila Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Avila, de Avila, Avilés, Aviles, Dávila, Davila, Dávilla and many more.
Early Notables of the Avila family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family Luiz de Avilla y Zuniga (1490-1550), the Spanish soldier and historian. He was a diplomat in the Service of Charles V and he wrote a history of Charles' German Wars 1547. Also of note was Juan de Avila (1500-1569), the Spanish priest, preacher, scholastic author, and religious mystic, who was declared a saint and Doctor of the Church by the Catholic Church. He is called the "Apostle...
In the United States, the name Avila is the 609th most popular surname with an estimated 47,253 people with that name.  However, in France, the name Avila is ranked the 8,833rd most popular surname with an estimated 500 - 1,000 people with that name. 
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Avila Settlers in United States in the 16th Century