Villegas History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Villegas family

The surname Villegas was first found in Andalucia, in southern Spain.

Early History of the Villegas family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Villegas research. Another 134 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1271 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Villegas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Villegas Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Vallegas, Vallegos, Vallegoz, Vallegaz, Valleges, Vilehena, Vilhegas, Vilchena, Vilazel, Vilhena, Villegas, Villegos, Villegoz, Villegaz and many more.

Early Notables of the Villegas family (pre 1700)

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Villegas Ranking

In the United States, the name Villegas is the 1,356th most popular surname with an estimated 22,383 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Villegas is ranked the 7,725th most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [2]


United States Villegas migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Villegas Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Virgida Villegas who immigrated to the Spanish Main in 1567
  • Gil De Villegas who settled in New Spain in 1575
Villegas Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Cristobal De Villegas, who landed in America in 1826 [3]
  • Diego De Villegas, who arrived in America in 1828 [3]
  • Pedro De Villegas, who arrived in America in 1828 [3]
  • Juan Villegas, a Spanish soldier who settled in New Orleans in 1829
  • G Villegas, aged 32, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Villegas migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [4]
Villegas Settlers in West Indies in the 16th Century
  • Diego De Villegas who arrived in Dominican Republic in 1576

Contemporary Notables of the name Villegas (post 1700) +

  • Staff Sergeant Ysmael R Villegas, American officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • Luis Villegas, Mexican American guitarist
  • Oscar Diaz de Villegas, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1972 [5]
  • Mrs. Lupe Villegas, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972 [6]
  • Evangelina Villegas (1924-2017), Mexican cereal biochemist
  • Cristóbal Enrique Zurita Villegas (b. 1919), lawyer from Ecuador
  • Harry "Pombo" Villegas, Cuban Communist revolutionary
  • Petter Villegas (b. 1975), soccer winger from Esmeraldas, Ecuador
  • Roberto Londoño Villegas (1893-1957), distinguished poet


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  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. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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