Bonilla History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Bonilla family

The surname Bonilla was first found in Castile, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.

Early History of the Bonilla family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bonilla research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bonilla History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bonilla Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bonilla, de Bonilla, Bonella, Bonel, Bonillo and others.

Early Notables of the Bonilla family (pre 1700)

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United States Bonilla migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bonilla Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bonilla Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Juan De Bonilla, who arrived in America in 1815 [1]
  • A P Bonilla, aged 26, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1823 [1]
  • Antonio Bonilla, aged 50, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1832 [1]
  • Vicente Bonilla, who landed in Mexico in 1838 [1]
  • Xaime Bonilla, who arrived in Guatemala in 1838 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
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 immigrated to the United States from Medellin, Columbia, in 1906
  • Chastenia Bonilla, aged 37, who immigrated 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Bonilla (post 1700) +

  • Marc Bonilla, American guitarist and composer, known for his work with Keith Emerson of Emerson Lake and Palmer
  • Leydy Bonilla (b. 1980), Dominican-born, American bachata singer from Nagua, Dominican Republic
  • Daryl Bonilla (b. 1975), American actor, comedian, and former professional wrestler from Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Henry Bonilla (b. 1954), American television executive and former politician, Member of the United States House of Representatives from Texas (1993-2007)
  • Juan Bonilla (b. 1956), Major League Baseball player
  • Luis Bonilla (b. 1965), Grammy award-winning American Afro-Cuban jazz and Latin jazz trombonist
  • Roberto Martin Antonio "Bobby" Bonilla (b. 1963), American (Puerto Rican descent), professional baseball player
  • Juan Crisostomo Bonilla (1835-1884), Mexican general
  • José Policarpo Bonilla Vasquez (1858-1926), Dictator of Honduras (1894-1895) and later President of Honduras (1895-1899)
  • General Manuel Bonilla Chirinos (1849-1913), Honduras politician, 29th President of Honduras (1903-1907) and 31st President of Honduras (1912-1913)
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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