Noble surnames, such as Medina, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Medina, 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 Medina 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 Medina family
The surname Medina was first found in Castile, predominant among the Christian kingdoms of medieval Spain.
Early History of the Medina family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Medina research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1352, 1659, 1710 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Medina History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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 Medina Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
^ 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)