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Noble surnames, such as Bonilla, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Bonilla, which is a local
surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain
. Many Spanish local names reflect Arabic words or place-names because the Muslim Moors
from the 8th to 12th centuries conquered Spain. The Bonilla family originally lived in the place named Bonilla, which is in the province of Cuenca, Spain. Often the surname Bonilla is preceded by the prefix de, which means of or from and indicates that the name is local in origin.
The surname Bonilla was first found in Castile
, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Bonilla, de Bonilla, Bonella, Bonel, Bonillo and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bonilla research. Another 378 words (27 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bonilla History in all our PDF Extended History products
More information is included under the topic Early Bonilla Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
- Alonso de Bonilla, who sailed to America in 1513
- Lorenzo de Bonilla, to America in 1513
- Juan de Bonilla, to America in 1515 with his children Lázaro and Ana
- Juan and Alonso de Bonilla, to Peru in 1534
- Pedro de Bonilla, to Hispaniola in 1536
Bonilla Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Juan De Bonilla, who arrived in America in 1815
- A P Bonilla, aged 26, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1823
- Antonio Bonilla, aged 50, landed in New Orleans, La in 1832
- Vicente Bonilla, who landed in Mexico in 1838
- Xaime Bonilla, who arrived in Guatemala in 1838
Bonilla Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Lewis Bonilla, aged 5, who landed in America from Popayan, Colombia, in 1905
- Antonio Bonilla, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Medellin, Columbia, in 1906
- Chastenia Bonilla, aged 37, who emigrated to America from San Jose, Costa Rico, in 1907
- Clementine Bonilla, aged 21, who landed in America from San Jose, Costa Rica, in 1911
- Manuel Antonio Bonilla, aged 36, who landed in America from San Jose, Costa Rica, in 1911
- Juan Bonilla (b. 1956), Major League Baseball player
- Luis Bonilla (b. 1965), Grammy award-winning American Afro-Cuban jazz and Latin jazz trombonist
- Henry Bonilla (b. 1954), American television executive, and member of the United States House of Representatives
- Roberto Martin Antonio "Bobby" Bonilla (b. 1963), American (Puerto Rican descent), professional baseball player
- Davy Bonilla (b. 1973), French horse racing jockey
- Darwin Doronis Bonilla Salgado (b. 1990), Salvadoran footballer
- Nelson Wilfredo Bonilla Sánchez (b. 1990), El Salvadoran footballer
- Víctor Manuel Bonilla Hinestroza (b. 1971), retired Colombian football striker
- Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
- Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
- Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
- Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
- Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
- Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
- Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
- Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
The Bonilla Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bonilla 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.
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