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Where did the Spanish Avila family come from? What is the Spanish Avila family crest and coat of arms? When did the Avila family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Avila family history?

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.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Avila, de Avila, Avilés, Aviles, Dávila, Davila, Dávilla and many more.

First found in Castile, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Avila research. Another 193 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1570, 1658, 1799 and 1801 are included under the topic Early Avila History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 171 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Avila Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • 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


  • Alexander Thomas Avila (b. 1987), American Major League Baseball catcher
  • Eric Humberto Avila (b. 1987), American soccer player
  • Roberto "Bobby" Francisco Ávila González (1924-2004), American Major League Baseball second baseman
  • Gastón Cano Avila (b. 1926), Mexican doctor
  • Rodrigo Ávila (b. 1964), Salvadoran politician
  • Héctor Julio Avila (b. 1972), retired Dominican Republic Olympic bronze medalist boxer
  • Ramón Patricio Ávila Castro (b. 1982), Chilean footballer
  • Alberto Villalta Ávila (b. 1947), Salvadorian retired football player



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The Avila Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Avila 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.

This page was last modified on 8 February 2015 at 12:52.

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