Show ContentsHolguin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished Spanish surname Holguin is of nickname origin, derived from a nickname that illustrated a personal attribute or physical characteristic of the original bearer. In this instance, the surname derives from a diminutive form of the Castilian word "holgado," from the verb "holgar," meaning "to rest" or "to be inactive." However, beginning with the fourteenth century, the meaning of "holgar" changed slightly, meaning "to enjoy oneself," "to be happy."

Early Origins of the Holguin family

The surname Holguin was first found in Cáceres, in the ancient kingdom of Castile, where the family held their ancestral seat. Early references show that Juan Alvarez de Holguin was Governor of Castelbono in 1292, a position which was also held by Juan Peres Holgin in 1460.

Early History of the Holguin family

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Holguin Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Olguin, Hollguin, Ologuin, Holquin and others.

Early Notables of the Holguin family

Prominent among bearers of the Holguin family name at this time was

  • Miguel Holguin de Figueroa, a military man who was born during the sixteenth century who in 1530, traveled to the New World, where he founded the city of San Miguel, Venezuela

Holguin Ranking

In the United States, the name Holguin is the 3,770th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]


United States Holguin migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Holguin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hernando Holguin, who arrived in America in 1812 [2]
  • Baltasar Holguin, who landed in New Spain in 1835 [2]
  • Mencia Holguin, who landed in Spanish Main in 1853 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Holguin (post 1700) +

  • Jose L. Holguin (1921-1994), United States Air Force colonel who was the navigator and sole survivor of a World War II mission that ended with a crash on June 26, 1943, awarded the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Prisoner of War and Army Commendation medals
  • Jeffrey G. "Jeff" Holguin (b. 1978), American sport shooter who placed fourth in the double trap at the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Tony Holguin (1926-2009), American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and the Senior PGA Tour
  • Lucille Holguin, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2004 [3]
  • Dolores M. Holguin, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2000 [3]
  • María Ángela Holguín Cuéllar (b. 1963), Columbian politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia (2010-2018), 25th Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations, and as Ambassador of Colombia to Venezuela
  • Juan Ignacio Larrea Holguín (1927-2006), Archbishop of Guayaquil for ten years, and the first member of the prelature of Opus Dei in Ecuador
  • Guillermo Uribe Holguin (1880-1971), Colombian composer and violinist and founder of the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia
  • Carlos Holguin (1832-1894), President of the Republic of Colombia from 1888 until 1892. His literary and historical works include "La Prensa" and "El Repertorio Colombiano"
  • Jorge Holguin (1848-1928), Colombian politician and military officer, two time Acting President of Colombia


  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?". NameCensus.com, https://namecensus.com/last-names/
  2. 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)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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