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Spelling variations of this family name include: Medina, Medinilla and others.

First found in Castile, predominant among the Christian kingdoms of medieval Spain.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Among the early explorers of the New World was 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 travelled to Mexico in 1554. Other early settlers of the New World include Hernando de Medina, who emigrated to Nicaragua in 1561.

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Some noteworthy people of the name Medina
  • Ann Medina, American-born, Canadian television journalist and documentary producer
  • Debra Medina (b. 1962), American politician, 2010 Texas gubernatorial candidate
  • José Medina (b. 1970), Venezuelan bronze medalist weightlifter at the 1991 Pan American Games
  • Luis Main Medina (b. 1963), American retired Major League Baseball first baseman
  • Vicente Medina y Tomás, Spanish poet
  • Anabel Medina Garrigues (b. 1982), Spanish silver medalist tennis player
  • Wifredo Pelayo Ricart Medina (1897-1974), Spanish engineer, designer and executive manager in the automotive industry
  • José Alfredo Medina Andrade (b. 1973), Chilean Olympic track and road cyclist
  • Avihu Medina (b. 1948), Israeli singer-songwriter
  • Henrique Medina de Barros (1901-1988), Portuguese painter


Learn More About Spanish Surnames



Aragon, which is a region of northeastern Spain in the Iberian peninsula. Aragon has a proud cultural heritage and its own unique language. In 1137, the regions of Aragon and Catalonia united to form the Crown of Aragon, whose illustrious line of kings led the reconquest of the eastern peninsula from the Muslims. The Crown of Aragon extended its Mediterranean empire with the recapture of Mallorca in 1229 and Sicily in 1282 and it remained an important power throughout the Middle Ages. In 1469, King Ferdinand of Aragon married Isabella of Castile and this union brought together the two most powerful kingdoms of Spain to create a united Spanish nation.



Following the decline of the Roman Empire, in the 5th century AD, the Visigoths came to control the peninsula. Part of the Visigothic legacy to Spanish civilization was the introduction of the institution of monarchy. Several centuries later, in 711, the Visigothic kingdom in Spain was invaded by Muslims. Aside from a nucleus of resistance which was maintained in the north, the Muslim victory was complete by the year 718.



Spain, which is presently a state that includes the Balearic and Canary Islands and is in southwestern Europe, was originally settled by the Iberians. In the first millennium BC, the Celts, who were from central Europe, invaded and began to mingle with the native Iberians. Later, Greeks and Carthaginians colonized the coasts; however, they were replaced by the Romans by the 3rd century BC.



In 420, The Visigoths captured Spain from the Vandals and proudly returned it to Rome. Unfortunately, 18 years later the Suevi overran the peninsula.


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