Noble surnames, such as Madona, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Madona, 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 Madona family originally lived in the town named Medina. Medina was a common place-name in the Iberian Peninsula during the Muslim occupation
because it was the Arabic word for town.
Early Origins of the Madona family
The surname Madona was first found in Castile
, predominant among the Christian kingdoms of medieval Spain.
Early History of the Madona family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Madona research.Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1352, 1659, 1710 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Madona History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Madona Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Madona family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family were fifteenth century Spanish cosmographer Pedro de Medina of Seville; fifteenth century lyric poet Martínez de Medina; sixteenth century Mexican writer Baltasar de Medina; sixteenth century Spanish writer Bartolomé Medina... Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Madona Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Madona family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Francisco de Medina, who voyaged to Mexico with Cortés, and became Governor of Chiapas in 1523. Also of note was Bartolomé Medina, a mineralogist from Seville who traveled to Mexico in 1554. Other early settlers of the New World include Hernando de Medina, who emigrated to Nicaragua in 1561.