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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.

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

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Molina research. Another 269 words (19 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.

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Another 135 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Molina Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Martín de Molina, who sailed to America in 1527
  • Luis de Molina sailed to Venezuela in 1534
  • Melchor de Molina sailed to the Spanish Main in 1534
  • García de Molina sailed to Guatemala in 1582

Molina Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Ignacio Molina, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Diego De Molina, who landed in America in 1812
  • Bernardino De Molina, who landed in America in 1813
  • Cristobal De Molina, who arrived in America in 1813
  • Antonio De Molina, who arrived in America in 1813


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  • 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
  • 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
  • Henry G. Molina, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1912, 1916 (alternate)
  • Gonzalo Molina, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972
  • 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
  • C. Molina (b. 1844), American politician, U.S. Consul in Cartagena, 1884
  • Arlette Molina, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 9th District, 2004
  • Antonio M. Molina, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1912 (Honorary Vice-President), 1916 (alternate)
  • Alberto Molina, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Cartagena, 1884

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  1. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  2. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Diez, Ma Del Carmen Galbis. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias Durante los siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Archivo General de Indias Sevilla Volume 6. Murcia, Spain: Ministerio de Cultura, 1986. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. 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. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
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The Molina Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Molina 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.

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