Origin of the Name Molina
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Molina is usually of Spanish, Portuguese and Italian origin and is an occupational name, describing a person who operated a mill, taken from the old Spanish word 'molino'. Variants of this name include Molina, Molinar, Molinor, Moliner and Molinas. The name originated in the Castille region in Spain . A famous bearer of the name was Tirso de Molina (1579-1648), who was a Spanish Dramatist and Poet. Alonso de Molina (1513-1579) was a Franciscan who compiled a dictionary of the Aztec laguage. The religious doctrine of 'Molinism' that attempts to reconcile the Providence of God with Human Free Will was created by Luis de Molina (1535-1600). The coat of arms or family crest shown here is an ancient and distinctive design the origin of which dates back over a millennium. Initially these armorial bearings were first used by feudal lords and warriors on the field of battle as a means of identification but later became extant among the general population. While some coats of arms refer to individuals others refer to groups of people who bear the same name. From Spain the name spread to the rest of Europe and from there to America, Canada, Australia and the new world beyond.
The Molina coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Molina descendants.