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Padilla Family of the Philippines

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  • Maria Barbara Flores Padilla (deceased)
    Dna. Maria Barbara Padilla de Resurreccion-Hidalgo y Flores is better known as the mother of the great Filipino painter D. Felix Eduardo Resurreccion-Hidalgo y Padilla. An astute business woman, Dna. B...
  • Narciso Rosa Padilla (deceased)
    D. Narciso Padilla y Rosa, originally from Lingayen, Pangasinan, was a rich lawyer and merchant with several businesses and many commercial real estate properties in the Escolta and in the surrounding ...
  • Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo (1855 - 1913)
    Félix Resurrección Hidalgo is acknowledged as one of the great Filipino painters of the late 19th century, and is significant in Philippine history for having been an acquaintance and ins...
  • Nicanor Escobar Padilla (1851 - 1936)
    A member of the initial batch of physicians graduated from the University of Santo Tomas, Dr. Nicanor Escobar Padilla was also a colonel and Chief of the Medical Corps in the army of General Antonio Lu...
  • Sabino Bibby Padilla (1894 - 1986)
    Legal Luminary and Defender of the Judiciary An associate justice of the Supreme Court and justice secretary under the Quirino administration, Sabino Padilla y Bibby was born in the district of San M...

The Spanish surname Padilla is of local origin, Padilla is a Spanish and Portuguese name, also spelled Padillo, being one of those names derived from the place where a man once lived or where he once held land. There are two places by the name of Padilla in Castorgeriz in the Burgos region of Northern Spain. The surname Padilla is derived from these places, the one being Padilla de Arriba and the other Padilla de Abajo. It was used, at first, as a convenient method of identifying one who hailed from either of them. Padilla genealogy marks among its members Guantanamo prisoner Jose Padilla, Bolivian General and President David Padilla, and Cuban poet Heberto Padilla. Today, the family name Padilla are found all over the world due to migration. The surname spread throughout Spain as branches of the Padilla family settled away from their original home. For example, one Pedro de Padilla, from Burgos, settled in Vergara in Guipuzucoa. A descendant of Pedro de Padilla later moved to Viscaya where his family were ennobled. In 1647, one Antonio Garcia de Padilla of Valencia in Southern Spain was awarded a military honour by King Philip IV. The surname is now found in some numbers throughout Spain and in those areas where Spanish influenced has been strong, for example, both South and Central America as well as the United States. Perhaps the most notable bearer of the name was Juan de Padilla (1490-1521) The Spanish revolutionary leader of the war against the Emperor Charles V. Examples of these early recordings taken from authentic church and civil registry include Casilda Acuria de Padillo, at Nuestra Senora de La Antigua, Valladolid, Spain, on January 17th 1562, and Martinez Pablo Padilla, at San Esteban, Navarra, Spain, on April 29th 1596. Maria Joseph de Garcia Padilla was christened at Mission San Carlos, Moneterey, California, on April 16th 1795, and Leonarda Padillo married Esaura Huarez at Montebello, Los Angeles, California, on September 14th 1914.


This surname was included in the alphabetical catalog accompanying the Claveria Decree of 1849, requiring Filipinos to "select" new last names.

This sub-project aims to organize genealogical data on the Padilla Family of the Philippines. Profiles here are those of historical figures, scions of the gentry (de buena familia), revolutionary heroes, scholars, government officials, national athletes and other public personalities (celebrities) in various fields. Find more surnames at the master project page, Families of the Philippines.

How to Contribute

  1. Please click the "Join Project" button on the upper right of the project page.
  2. After getting yourself added as a collaborator for the surname, select the profile of the prominent Filipino you wish to add.
  3. Navigate to the profile. Under the "More Actions" link, choose "Add to Project" and select sub-project to which your ancestor should be included in.
  4. Include in the "About Me" section a brief biographical sketch, summarizing the person's significant contributions and accomplishments. (Required)
  5. Include a photograph, if one exists.
  6. Mark the profile as "public" and not "private". (Required)