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The distinguished Spanish surname Olguin is of nickname origin, derived from a nickname that illustrated a personal attribute or physical characteristic of the original bearer. In this instance, the surname derives from a diminutive form of the Castilian word "holgado," from the verb "holgar," meaning "to rest" or "to be inactive." However, beginning with the fourteenth century, the meaning of "holgar" changed slightly, meaning "to enjoy oneself," "to be happy."


The surname Olguin was first found in Cáceres, in the ancient kingdom of Castile, where the family held their ancestral seat. Early references show that Juan Alvarez de Holguin was Governor of Castelbono in 1292, a position which was also held by Juan Peres Holgin in 1460.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Olguin, Hollguin, Ologuin, Holquin and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Olguin research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1486, 1525, 1560, 1620, 1581, 1530, 1560 and 1600 are included under the topic Early Olguin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Con la Reconquista guerra con la que los cristianos bajo las órdenes del rey Fernando y la reina Isabel reconquistaron a España y expulsaron a los musulmanes invasores en el año 1492. Dentro de estos nombres de familias se han destacado, por ejemplo, Diego de Holguín, ( c. 1486 -?), a Spanish...

Another 89 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Olguin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Olguin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mencia Olguin, who arrived in America in 1853

  • Fernando Manzano Olguin (b. 1961), American jurist, United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • John Main Olguin (1921-2011), American aquarium official, Museum Director of the Cabrillo Marine Museum (1949-1987)
  • Adriana Olguín de Baltra (1915-2015), Chilean lawyer and politician, former Minister of Justice, the first woman ever to hold a cabinet post in Latin America
  • Otilio Olguín (b. 1931), Mexican swimmer and water polo player at the 1952 Summer Olympics
  • Sergio Olguín (b. 1967), Argentine author, journalist and literary critic
  • Felipe R. Solís Olguín (1944-2009), Mexican archaeologist, anthropologist, and historian
  • Jorge Mario Olguín (b. 1952), retired Argentine footballer
  • Luciano Olguín (b. 1982), Argentine football striker

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    Other References

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    2. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
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    4. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
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    The Olguin Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Olguin 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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