origin, that is, derived from the place where the initial bearer once lived or held land. In this case, the name indicates "one who came from Villafranca." The surname is derived from the Latin "villas" indicating "a rural Roman property, estate"and the suffix "-franca," which is derived from the Germanic "frank" meaning "free, generous."
The surname Vilafranca was first found in the Navarre region in the northeastern region of the Iberian peninsula. However, evidence also shows a presence of the name in the provinces of Alava and Segovia in
, as well as in Verona, Italy. The earliest record of this surname dates back to the fourteenth century when one Lope Sobanez de Villafranca was living in Tolsa in 1346.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alonso De Villafranca who arrived in America in 1512; Francisco De Villafranca who came to Florida in 1538; Pedro DeVillafranca DeLescano who sailed to the Spanish Main in 1539.