Show ContentsVila History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Vila surname is a Portuguese and Galician name from Davila, meaning "from a town or village."

Early Origins of the Vila family

The surname Vila was first found in the Spanish town of Avila.

Early History of the Vila family

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Vila Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: D'Avilla, Da Villa, D'Avila, Devilla, Davilla, De Villa, Avila, Avilla, Villa and many more.

Early Notables of the Vila family

Prominent members of the family include

  • Juan de Avila (1500-1569) was a Spanish writer and preacher known as "The Apostle of Andalusia...

Vila Ranking

In the United States, the name Vila is the 15,628th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Vila is ranked the 2,478th most popular surname with an estimated 2,500 - 3,000 people with that name. [2]

United States Vila migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vila Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jose Vila, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1823 [3]
  • V Vila, aged 19, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1825 [3]
  • Josefina Vila, aged 8, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1830 [3]
  • Fco. Vila who arrived in New Orleans in 1830 with his wife and children
  • Francisco Vila, aged 35, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1830 [3]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Vila (post 1700) +

  • Joseph Spencer "Joe" Vila (1866-1934), American sportswriter and editor
  • Robert J "Bob" Vila (b. 1946), American home improvement show host, best known for "This Old House" (1979–1988)
  • Ana Irma Vila, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1996 [4]
  • Luís Blanco Vila (1936-2023), Spanish journalist
  • Francisco Javier "Patxi" Vila Errandonea (b. 1975), Spanish Basque former professional road bicycle racer
  • José María Vargas Vila, Colombian writer
  • Antoni Vila Casas (1930-2023), Spanish pharmaceutical executive and philanthropist
  • Antoni Vila Casas (1930-2023), Spanish philanthropist and pharmaceutical executive
  • Joan Vila Casas (b. 1920), Spanish painter
  • César Vila García (b. 1910), Spanish painter

Flight TWA 800
  • Mr. Daniel Gaspar Creamades Vila (d. 1996), from France, French passenger flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; he died in the crash [5]

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. 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)
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from
  5. The Washington Post Passenger List TWA Flight 800. (Retrieved 2018, February 15th). Retrieved from on Facebook