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

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.


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.


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.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Alonso de Molina, who emigrated as a child to Mexico, where he was educated by the Franciscans
  • Bartolomé de Molina settled in Guatemala
  • 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

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


  • 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)
  • Rafael Molina Sánchez (1841-1900), known as "Lagartijo," Spanish bullfighter who was seriously gored seven times before his demise
  • José Francisco Molina Jiménez (b. 1970), Spanish retired footballer
  • Antonio Muñoz Molina (b. 1956), Spanish novelist
  • Fr. Juan Ignacio Molina (1740-1829), Chilean Jesuit priest, naturalist, historian, botanist, ornithologist and geographer
  • Óscar Molina Casillas (b. 1990), Mexican gold and two-time silver medalist boxer
  • David Alejandro Molina Guerra (b. 1988), Honduran football defender
  • Jesús Antonio Molina Granados (b. 1988), Mexican footballer
  • Iván Molina (b. 1946), former professional Colombian tennis player
  • Mauricio Alejandro "Mao" Molina Uribe (b. 1980), Colombian football midfielder



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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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