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

The origins the old family name Cabanilla can be found within medieval Spain. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in Spain, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Cabanilla family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. The surname Cabanilla was an occupational name for a knight or a knight's servant.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Caballero, Caballeros, Caballer, Caballé, Caballe, Caballería, Caballeria, Caballo, Caballos, de Caballos, Cavallo, Cavallos, de Cavallos, Cavallón, Cavallon, de Cavallón, de Cavallon, Cavallero, Cavallería and many more.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cabanilla research. Another 189 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1176, 1656, 1704, 1697, 1703, 1645, 1697, 1670 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Cabanilla History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 179 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cabanilla Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Juan de Cavallón, who voyaged to America in the 1500s. He claimed the territory of Costa Rica for the Spanish Crown, and died in Mexico in 1565. Other early migrants to the New World bearing this surname or a variant spelling of the name included Gutierre de Caballos, who sailed to America in 1512.

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  • Rida T.R. Cabanilla Arakawa (b. 1952), American politician, Member of the Hawaii House of Representatives (2013-)


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  1. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
  2. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
  5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
  10. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
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The Cabanilla Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cabanilla 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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