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

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.


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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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  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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  6. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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  8. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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