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In Spain, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. The original bearer of the name Padilla, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Padilla family originally lived in one of the various places named Padilla in Spain. There is also a city named Padilla in Castrogeriz, in the Burgos region of northern Spain. This place-name was originally derived from the Spanish word "padilla," which means "frying pan" or "bread pan," which is itself derived from the Latin word "patella," which means "shallow dish."


The surname Padilla was first found in Castile, the medieval Christian kingdom of northern Spain that led the Reconquest of the Iberian peninsula from the Muslims.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Padilla, Padella, Padiella and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Padilla research. Another 409 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1159, 1274, 1540, and 1586 are included under the topic Early Padilla History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Notable bearers of the family name Padilla were Juan de Padilla, prior of the Dominican convent of Toledo in 1274; fourteenth century noblewoman María de Padilla, consort of King Peter I; Juan de Padilla, Bishop of Zamora in 1540; sixteenth century poets Juan de Padilla and Pedro de Padilla...

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Padilla Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Padilla Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • Gregorio Padilla Villalobos sailed to America in 1512
  • Hernando de Padilla sailed to America in 1517
  • Rodrigo Padilla sailed to Cartagena in 1535
  • Luis de Padilla sailed to Peru in 1579
  • Diego de Padilla, who sailed to Peru in 1592 with his wife Isabel de Moscoso

Padilla Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hernando De Padilla, who arrived in America in 1817
  • Isabel De Padilla, who landed in America in 1817
  • Augustin Padilla, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • Maria Estefania Padilla, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • Rodrigo Padilla, who landed in Cartagena in 1835
  • ...

  • Ernesto Padilla (b. 1972), Cuban-American artist, graphic designer, and cigar maker
  • Amando Manuel Padilla, American educator
  • Wanda Marie Padilla, American publisher
  • Sally G Padilla, American government official
  • Paul Padilla, American historian
  • José Padilla, Spanish composer
  • Ignacio Padilla (1968-2016), Mexican writer
  • Jorge Santini Padilla (b. 1960), Puerto Rican politician, Mayor of San Juan City (2001-2013)
  • Jose Padilla Jr. (1911-1978), Philippine actor
  • Jesus Padilla (b. 1987), Mexican footballer
  • ...

Padilla Historic Events

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Frederico G. Padilla, Mexican 1st Class Passenger residing in Liverpool, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered

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    Other References

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    3. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    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. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    The Padilla Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Padilla 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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