The Spanish surname Medina, found throughout Spain and Portugal, in particular the region of Catalonia, is of habitational origin. The name Medina means a person from any of the several places called Medina in Spain, for example Medina-Sidonia in Cádiz province and Medina del Campo in Valladolid, so called from Arabic word medina meaning “ a city.” Numerous records of the name in Spain date from the 16th Century including Antonio de Medina at the church of Nuestra Sendra la Antigua, Valladolid, on July 11th 1538, and Mariana Dominguez Medina who married Juan Aguilera Toro, at the church of Santa Ana Algodonales, Cadiz, on Feb. 5th 1759.
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