Humanities › History & Culture Medina Surname Origin and Meaning Share Flipboard Email Print Prophet's Mosque in Medina in Saudi Arabia. rasoul ali / Getty Images History & Culture Genealogy Surnames Basics Genealogy Fun Vital Records Around the World American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated February 07, 2019 The surname Medina, which ranks 30th among most common Hispanic last names, has several possible origins: Dweller at or near the market; one who had returned from the marketA locational or geographical name originating from the city of Medina in western Saudi Arabia, the second most holy city of Islam, or from one of the other places called Medina. According to the Instituto Genealógico e Histórico Latino-Americano, the Medina surname originated principally in the Spanish areas of Burgos and Andalusia. Today, the Medina surname is most frequently found in use in Argentina and Spain according to the World Names Public Profiler. Because most last names originate in multiple areas, the best way to learn more about your Medina last name is to research your own specific family history. If you are new to genealogy, try the steps to begin tracing your family tree. If you're interested in learning more about the Medina Family Crest, then learn more about how the family coat of arms aren't what you think.Surname Origin: Spanish, PortugueseAlternate Surname Spellings: MEDENA, DE MEDINA, DE MEDENA Famous People With the Medina Last Name Gabriel Medina - Brazilian professional surferBenny Medina - Music producer and record executiveAnn Medina - American-born, Canadian television journalistJosé Medina (José Alfredo Medina Andrade) - Olympic track and road cyclist from ChileHenrique Medina de Barros - Portuguese painter Genealogy Resources for the Medina Last Name 50 Common Hispanic Surnames & Their MeaningsGarcia, Martinez, Rodriguez, Lopez, Hernandez... Are you one of the millions of people sporting one of these top 50 common Hispanic last names? The Medina last name ranks 30th on this list. How to Research Your Hispanic Family TreeLearn how to start your Hispanic research at home, and then branch out to research in country-specific records, organizations, and other resources for Spain, Latin America, Mexico, Brazil, the Caribbean, and other Spanish speaking countries. The Medina DNA ProjectThis Y-DNA testing project is open to all families with the Medina last name and variations, from all locations. The purpose of the project is to help members use a combination of yDNA testing, paper trails, and additional research to identify common Medina ancestors. Medina Family Genealogy ForumSearch this popular genealogy forum for the Medina last name to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Medina query. FamilySearch - Medina GenealogySearch and access records, queries, and lineage-linked online family trees posted for the Medina surname and its variations. FamilySearch features almost 2 million results for the Medina last name. Medina Surname & Family Mailing ListsRootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Medina surname. DistantCousin.com — Medina Genealogy & Family HistoryExplore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Medina. References Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967. Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989. Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003. Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.