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.
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 Gil Gonzalez de Avila (1570-1658), Spanish biographer and antiquary, educated at the residence of Cardinal Deza; Luis de Avila y Zúñiga, 16th century historian and diplomatic representative of King Carlos V; Hernando de Avila, 16th century Spanish artist, court painter...
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Avila migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Avila Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
- Cristóbal de Avila, to America in 1513
- Toribio de Avila, to America in 1514
- Francisco de Avila, to New Spain in 1515
- Miguel de Avila, to America in 1526
- Alonso de Avila, to Cartagena in 1534
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Contemporary Notables of the name Avila (post 1700) +
- Joaquin Avila (d. 2018), Mexican American voting rights attorney and activist from Compton, California
- Roberto "Bobby" Francisco Ávila González (1924-2004), American Major League Baseball second baseman
- Eric Humberto Avila (b. 1987), American soccer player
- Alexander Thomas Avila (b. 1987), American Major League Baseball catcher
- Sabas Avila, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2004 
- Rick Avila, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of San Bernardino, California, 2013 
- John Avila, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Pomona, California, 2000 
- Arthur D. Avila, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972 
- Anatalia R. Avila, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2000 
- Alberto Villalta Ávila (b. 1947), Salvadorian retired football player
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