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Multiple Origins for the Surname Villafranca


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The distinguished Spanish surname Villafranca 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."

Villafranca Early Origins



The surname Villafranca 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.

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Villafranca Spelling Variations


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Villafranca Spelling Variations



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

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Villafranca Early History


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Villafranca Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Villafranca research. Another 353 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1475, 1520, 1566, and 1694 are included under the topic Early Villafranca History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Villafranca Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Villafranca Early Notables (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...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Villafranca Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Villafranca Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • Alonso De Villafranca who arrived in America in 1512
  • Francisco De Villafranca who came to Florida in 1538
  • Juan De Villafranca who settled in Peru in 1584

Villafranca Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Rodrigo De Villafranca, who landed in America in 1811
  • Alonso De Villafranca, who landed in America in 1812
  • Cantabius Villafranca, aged 33, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1826
  • Cantabius Villafranca, a Spanish soldier, who arrived in New Orleans in 1826
  • Francisco De Villafranca, who landed in Florida in 1838
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Villafranca Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Vincent Villafranca who came to Arkansas in 1918

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Contemporary Notables of the name Villafranca (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Villafranca (post 1700)



  • Rafael Villafranca, American politician, Honorary Consul for Costa Rica at Richmond, 1908
  • Juan de Villafranca (b. 1954), Mexican businessman and diplomat, Director General of Marking Services de Mexico
  • Mariano Villafranca (1835-1878), Philippine judge and city mayor
  • Rafael Villafranca (b. 1872), Philippine physician

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
    2. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
    5. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
    6. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
    9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    11. ...

    The Villafranca Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Villafranca 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.

    This page was last modified on 9 January 2017 at 09:16.

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