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Noble surnames, such as Davila, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Davila, 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 Davila family originally derived its name from the name of the province Avila.

Davila Early Origins



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

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Davila Spelling Variations


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Davila Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Avila, de Avila, Avilés, Aviles, Dávila, Davila, Dávilla and many more.

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Davila Early History


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Davila Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Davila research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1570, 1658, 1799 and 1801 are included under the topic Early Davila History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Davila Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Davila Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family Gil Gonzalez de Avila (1570-1658), Spanish biographer and antiquary, educated at the residence of Cardinal Deza; Luis de Avila y Zúñiga, 16th century historian and diplomatic representative of King Carlos V; Hernando de Avila, 16th century Spanish artist, court painter...

Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Davila Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Davila Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • Francisco Dávila, who sailed to America in 1512
  • Pedrarias Dávila, who had fought at the siege of Granada, then turned his attention to Ameri ca. In 1514, at the age of 74, he voyaged to Panama to take up the post of Governor from his son-in-law, Vasco Núñez de Balboa. From his stronghold in Panama he organized numerous expeditions to other regions of Central America, and led one of them personally, at the age of 80. Towards the end of his life he was appointed Governor of Nicaragua, where he died in 1530 at the age of 90
  • Alonso Dávila, traveled to Veragua in 1535
  • Marcos Dávila, sailed to Río de la Plata in 1535

Davila Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Davila settled in New Orleans in 1779

Davila Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alonso Davila, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Antonio Davila, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Francisco Davila, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Juan Davila, who arrived in America in 1813
  • Isabel Davila, who arrived in America in 1817
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Davila Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Santos Davila, who arrived in Texas in 1911
  • Ana Davila, aged 9, who emigrated to the United States from Santa Marta, Colombia, in 1918
  • Anastasia Davila, aged 47, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Adolpho Davila, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States, in 1920
  • Alfredo DaVila, aged 27, who settled in America, in 1921
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Davila (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Davila (post 1700)



  • Raúl Dávila (1931-2006), American actor
  • Albert "Alberto" Davila (b. 1954), Mexican-American boxer
  • Wanda Davila, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2004
  • Maritza Davila, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2008; Member of New York State Assembly 53rd District; Elected 2013
  • Diana Davila, American Democrat politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 145th District; Elected 1992; Elected unopposed 1994; Elected 1996
  • Brigitte Davila, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008
  • First Lieutenant Rudolph B. Davila (1916-2002), United States Army officer awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Italy during World War II
  • Pedrarias Dávila (1440-1531), Spanish colonial administrator
  • Carlos Gregorio Dávila Espinoza (1887-1955), Chilean political figure, Chairman of Government Junta of Chile in 1932
  • Carlos Lage Dávila (b. 1951), Cuban politician
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
    4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
    5. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. 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.
    10. Diez, Ma Del Carmen Galbis. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias Durante los siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Archivo General de Indias Sevilla Volume 6. Murcia, Spain: Ministerio de Cultura, 1986. Print.
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    The Davila Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Davila 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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