PADILLA Name Meaning and Origin

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Padilla is a Spanish geographical or locational surname, originating from a number of different villages of that name, from the Spanish padilla, meaning "saucepan" or "bread pan," which in turn derived from the Latin patella, a diminutive of patina, or "shallow dish." In this sense, the word was used topographically to describe a village built in a gentle depression.

Padilla is the 57th most common Hispanic surname.

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Alternate Surname Spellings


Famous People With the Surname PADILLA

  • José Padilla - Spanish composer and pianist
  • Leonard Padilla - American bounty hunter
  • Ernesto Padilla – Cuban-American artist and cigar maker
  • Heberto Padilla - Cuban poet and father of Ernesto Padilla

Where do People With the Padilla Surname Live?

According to Public Profiler: World Names the majority of individuals with the Padilla surname live in Spain, followed by larger concentrations in Argentina and the United States, plus small populations in France and Canada. Public Profiler doesn't include information from all countries, however, including Mexico and Venezuela.

Genealogy Resources for the Surname PADILLA

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