Molina History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The long and noble heritage behind the name of Molina first began in medieval Spain. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in Spain, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Molina was an occupational name for a person who owned, managed, or worked in a mill. The surname Molina is derived from the word molino, which means mill or miller.

Early Origins of the Molina family

The surname Molina was first found in Castile, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.

Important Dates for the Molina family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Molina research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1168, 1242, 1513, 1579, 1571, 1535, 1600, 1628 and 1697 are included under the topic Early Molina History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Molina Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Molina family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family were thirteenth century Castilian landowners Jimeno de Molina and Pedro Molinero; Alonso de Molina (c. 1513-1579), a Franciscan priest and grammarian, who wrote a well-known dictionary of the Nahuatl language published...
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Molina Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Molina migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Molina Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Martín de Molina, who sailed to America in 1527
  • Luis de Molina, who sailed to Venezuela in 1534
  • Melchor de Molina, who sailed to the Spanish Main in 1534
  • García de Molina, who sailed to Guatemala in 1582
Molina Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ignacio Molina, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803 [1]
  • Diego De Molina, who landed in America in 1812 [1]
  • Bernardino De Molina, who landed in America in 1813 [1]
  • Cristobal De Molina, who arrived in America in 1813 [1]
  • Antonio De Molina, who arrived in America in 1813 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Molina (post 1700)

  • 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)
  • Jose Molina, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2004 [2]
  • J. R. Molina, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Judge of Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, 2002, 2004, 2008; Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Texas 33rd District, 2012 [2]
  • Henry G. Molina, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1912, 1916 (alternate) [2]
  • Gonzalo Molina, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972 [2]
  • Gloria Molina, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988, 1996 (speaker), 2000, 2004, 2008; Member of Democratic National Committee from California, 2004 [2]
  • C. Molina (b. 1844), American politician, U.S. Consul in Cartagena, 1884 [2]
  • Arlette Molina, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 9th District, 2004 [2]
  • Antonio M. Molina, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1912 (Honorary Vice-President), 1916 (alternate) [2]
  • Alberto Molina, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Cartagena, 1884 [2]
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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