Avilez History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Noble surnames, such as Avilez, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Avilez, 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 Avilez family originally derived its name from the name of the province Avila.
Early Origins of the Avilez family
The surname Avilez 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 Avilez family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Avilez research. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1490, 1550, 1547, 1500, 1569, 1570, 1658, 1538, 1595, 1735, 1810, 1799 and 1801 are included under the topic Early Avilez History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Avilez Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Avila, de Avila, Avilés, Aviles, Dávila, Davila, Dávilla and many more.
Early Notables of the Avilez 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...
Migration of the Avilez family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Pedrarias Dávila, who had fought at the siege of Granada, then turned his attention to America. In 1514; at the age of 74; he voyaged to Panama to take up the post of Governor from his son-in-law, Vasco Nú.