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Where did the Spanish Medina family come from? What is the Spanish Medina family crest and coat of arms? When did the Medina family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Medina family history?

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.


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

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


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Medina research. Another 173 words(12 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.


Another 131 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Medina Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Francisco de Medina, who voyaged to Mexico with Cortés, and became governor of Chiapas in 1523
  • Bartolomé Medina, a mineralogist from Seville who traveled to Mexico in 1554
  • Hernando de Medina, who emigrated to Nicaragua in 1561 with his wife Catalina and sons Andrés and Anton
  • Juan de Medina, landed in Florida in 1563
  • Ana de Medina, arived to New Spain in 1563 with her children Gabriel, Francisca, María, Catalina and Ana

Medina Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jose Medina, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Cristobal De Medina, who arrived in America in 1810
  • Francisco De Medina, who landed in America in 1811
  • Gonzalo De Medina, who landed in America in 1812
  • Juan De Medina, who landed in America in 1812


  • Luis Main Medina (b. 1963), American retired Major League Baseball first baseman
  • José Medina (b. 1970), Venezuelan bronze medalist weightlifter at the 1991 Pan American Games
  • Debra Medina (b. 1962), American politician, 2010 Texas gubernatorial candidate
  • Ann Medina, American-born, Canadian television journalist and documentary producer
  • Wifredo Pelayo Ricart Medina (1897-1974), Spanish engineer, designer and executive manager in the automotive industry
  • Anabel Medina Garrigues (b. 1982), Spanish silver medalist tennis player
  • Vicente Medina y Tomás, Spanish poet
  • Ronald Alberto Villalta Medina (b. 1987), Salvadoran football player
  • Tulia Angela Medina Alcalde (b. 1983), Colombian three-time gold medalist weightlifter
  • Maria Medina Coeli (1764-1846), Italian physician and scientist



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  2. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
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  5. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  6. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
  7. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
  10. 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.
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The Medina Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Medina 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.

This page was last modified on 3 April 2015 at 16:26.

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