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Padilla Genealogy and Padilla Family History Information

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  • Ambrosio Bibby Padilla (1910 - d.)
    Ambrosio Bibby Padilla was a Filipino basketball player, lawyer, Senator and President of the Philippine Olympic Council. More here: .
  • Arsenio Pangilinan Padilla (1928 - 2003)
    Arsenio Padilla is better known as "Amado Cortez". He was an actor and diplomat. More here: .
  • Bernardo Padilla (c.1714 - 1796)
  • Carlos Ruiz Padilla, Sr. (1910 - c.1962)
    Carlos Padilla Sr. competed in the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Olympics in the Men's Welterweight Event. From an acting family, he also appeared in several films. More here: Source:
  • Carlos Dolorico Padilla, Jr. (1934 - d.)
    From a family of performers, Carlos "Sonny" Padilla was an actor; but he is best remembered as the referee that officiated the epic heavyweight match, "Thrilla in Manila". More here: .

About the Padilla surname

Last Name: Padilla This is a Spanish locational surname, recorded in the spellings of Padilla and Padillo. It originates from one of the various villages so-called in the provinces of Burgos, Guadaljar and Valladolid, these places originally built in depressions in the ground. The word 'PADILLA' derives from the Roman 'patella' and described originally a sauce or bread pan, and possibly the villages are an allegorical reference to a very hot place. The coat of arms has the unusual blazon of a blue field, three spoons palewise between three crescents, all silver. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Ysabella de Padillo, which was dated October 14th 1552, christened at Nuestra Senora de la Antigua, Valladolid, during the reign of King Charles 1st of Spain, Emperor of Mexico, 1516 - 1556. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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