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Vilafranca History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished Spanish surname Vilafranca is of local 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."

Early Origins of the Vilafranca family

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 Spain, 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.

Early History of the Vilafranca family

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Vilafranca Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: de Villafranca, Vilafranca, Villefranca and others.

Early Notables of the Vilafranca family (pre 1700)

Prominent among bearers of the family name at this time was Martin de Villefranca, who was living in San Sebastian in 1566 and Jose Fernando de Villafranca...
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Migration of the Vilafranca family to the New World and Oceana

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.

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