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Where did the Molina coat of arms come from? When did the Molina family first arrive in the United States?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Molina, Molino, Molinar, Molinero, Molinera, Moliner, Molinas, Molinos, Molinedas, Molinillo and many more.

First found in Castile, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: An early settler in the New World was Alonso de Molina, who emigrated as a child to Mexico, where he was educated by the Franciscans. He learned the local language, Nahuatl, and became an interpreter between the Spaniards and the indigenous people. He wrote an important Spanish/Nahuatl dictionary in 1555. Bartolomé de Molina settled in Guatemala.

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Some noteworthy people of the name Molina
  • Doctor Pedro José Antonio Molina Mazariegos (1777-1854), Central American politician, considered one of the founders of liberalism in Guatemala, Chief of State of Guatemala (1829-1831)
  • Antonio Muñoz Molina (b. 1956), Spanish novelist
  • José Francisco Molina Jiménez (b. 1970), Spanish retired footballer
  • Rafael Molina Sánchez (1841-1900), known as "Lagartijo," Spanish bullfighter who was seriously gored seven times before his demise
  • Delfina Molina y Vedia, Argentine linguist
  • Juan Ramón Molina, Honduran poet
  • Luis B Molina, Argentine politician and professor
  • Rafael L Trujillo y Molina (1891-1961), Dominican military officer and politician, President of the Dominican Republic from 1930-38, and from 1942-52
  • Héctor B Trujillo y Molina, President of the Dominican Republic from 1952-57
  • Mauricio Alejandro "Mao" Molina Uribe (b. 1980), Colombian football midfielder


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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