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Trujillo Surname Name Meaning, Origin, History, & Etymology
This is a Spanish habitational surname denoting a person who was from the city of Trujillo in the province of Cáceres, Spain, which is today located in the autonomous community of Extremadura near the border with Portugal. The city/village was called Turgalium in Latin, and the name is ultimately Arabic in origin. Bear in mind nearly all of the Iberian Peninsula was conquered by Moorish Muslim armies of North Africa starting in 711 AD. It is interesting to note that many conquistadors, soldiers/explorers who sailed to the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania, were from this town. Eldson Coles Smith, in his 1956 book titled Dictionary of American Family Names, states the town’s name meant “citadel of Julian”. Citadels were core fortified areas of towns first popularized in ancient Greece. However, Balaz Deri offers another origin theory as follows: “The city of Trujillo and the family from there may bear in its present form the name of Trókhilos from Argos,a relative of Gordys and Triptolemos,some of the offspring of whom may have settled in ancient times in Truk island of Micronésia as well and was from there exiled into Europe to found colonies all around as far as in Hispania and in the far North as well. Perhaps even tsut’ujil ( tsu-trukhil ) tribe of kiches descended from him. Yucatan and Paraíba in any case just like Aquitania and Ibéria got the name of A-Wa-Ka-Tan-Na and of his son A’ayab-Pa-War-Ra”.
The name first established itself in the medieval Kingdom of Aragon, which existed from 1035 AD to 1707 AD, located in modern day northeastern Spain. One of the earliest documented bearers of this surname was Isabel Trujillo who was born in Spain around 1470 AD. She married Luis Melian de Bethencourt in Seville, Spain around 1495 AD and had two issue: Francisco Melian and Diego Melian. Spelling variants or names with similar etymologies include: Truxillo, Trugillo, Trullo, Trujilo, Truijillo, and Trujuillo.
Popularity & Geographic Distribution
The last name Trujillo ranks 504th popularity in the United Status as of the 2000 Census. The name ranks particularly high in the following four states: New Mexico (10th), Colorado (23rd), Wyoming (111th), Utah (167th), and Arizona (216th).
In Spain, the name ranks 185th. In the Philippines, it ranks 17,255th. The surname Trujillo frequency/commonness ranks as follows in the Latin and South America: Mexico (154th), Guatemala (256th), Honduras (560th), Panama (239th), Colombia (91st), Venezuela (252nd), Argentina (922nd), Nicaragua (232nd), Ecuador (207th), Cuba (149th), Peru (357th), Chile (381st), Bolivia (266th), Uruguay (368th), Dominican Republic (1,005th), Costa Rica (593rd), Paraguay (3,871st) and El Salvador (317th).
Trujillo Family Tree & Trujillo Genealogy
Some bearers of this surname during the time of the Middle Ages to the early modern period include:
1) Diego de Trujillo was born in Ciudad de Mexico, Nueva Espana (New Spain) in around 1613 AD, and had issue named Cristobal, Maria Bernardina, Francisco, and Ana Moreno
2) Diego Trujillo was born around 1740 AD, married Juana Martin, and had a son named Pedro Ygnacio
3) Jose Trujillo was born in Sante Fe, New Mexico in 1694
4) Pascual Trujillo was born in New Mexico in 1692 and had a son named Andres
5) Baltasar Trujillo was born in 1673, married Ynes Gonzales Bas and Nicolada de la Cruz Espinosa, and had a son named Pablo Manuel
6) Cristobal Trujillo was born around 1651, known as “El Mozo”, married Micaela de Archuleta, and had a son named Diego
7) Isidro Trujillo was born in Sante Fe, New Mexico in 1710
8) Ana Trujillo was christened in Santa Maria, Medina de Rioseco, Valladolid, Spain in April 1554
9) Jeronima Trujillo was christened in Valladolid, Spain in October 1548
10) Juan de Truxillo was baptized in Santa Maria, Alborea, Albacete, Spain in July 1564
Some marriages involving the Trujillo last name include:
1) Juan De Trugillo married Maria De Prado in San Julian, Valladolid, Spain in July 1533 AD
2) Mathias Trujillo married Ana Parda in Santa Maria, Medina De Rioseco, Valladolid, Spain in November 1610 AD
3) Antonio Trujillo married Clara Martinez in Diocesis De Granada, Spain in June 1631
4) Pasqual Trujillo married Felipa De Leon in San Juan Bautista, Panuco, Zacatecas, Mexico in February 1688
5) Diego Trujillo married Magdalena De Arbistur at Santa Veracruz, Mexico in May 1660
6) Carolina Trujillo married Jose L.A. Cuna in Dodge City, Kansas in November 1897
7) Celestino Trujillo married Anastacia Scierra in El Paso, Texas in June 1878
8) Pedro Trujillo married Dina Refugia Duado in Los Angeles, California in January 1869
9) Jose Esteban Trujillo married Delfina Garcia in Saguache, Colorado in November 1910
10) Oscar Trujillo married Ampara Perez in Hillsborough County, Florida in July 1911
11) Juan Trujillo married Marie Benigna Robidoux in San Bernardino, California in January 1877
12) Domingo Trujillo married Nepamaseno Sisneros in Saguache, Colorado in November 1890
Blas Trujillo was born in what is present day Sante Fe, New Mexico in around 1718. In 1743, he married Maria Rosalia Martin-Serrano and had a son with her named Antonio. This son, Antonio Damasio Trujillo, was born in New Mexico Territory in 1744. In 1788, he married Maria Rita Dionisia Borrego and had issue named Juan De Jesus and Maria Rosalia. Juan was born in Taos, New Mexico in 1789. In 1809, he married Maria de Jesus Valerio, daughter of Juan Francisco De La Luz Valerio and Maria R. Serrano, and had numerous issue with her as follows: Jose Julian, Pedro Antonio, Juan de Jesus, Juan Felipe, Maria Del Refugio, Maria Brigida, Jose de Jesus, Antonio Jose, Jode Del Refugio, Maria Juana, Jose Rudecindo, Decideria M., Juan De Jesus, Francisco Antonio, Maria Dolores, Jose Marcos, Jose Aniseto, Gertrudis, Teodora, Juana Maria, and Manuela. His son, Juan de Jesus Trujillo, was born in San Francisco del Rancho, Taos, New Mexico in 1835. He married twice: Antonia Benigna Josefa Valdez and Maria Dolores Martinez. He was the father of the following children: Antonio Maria, Abel, Eleseo, Esau, Francisco, Jose Ramon, Maria Erinea, Victor, Maria Cornelia, Juan Maria, Anastasio, Parfiria, Juan Andres, Sacarias, and Jacobo. His son, Juan Andres Trujillo, was born in Walsenburg, Colorado in 1871. In 1894, he married Maria Simona Valdez, and had the following children with her: Salvador, Eva, Adam John, and Benina (Venina). His son, Salvador, was born in Cucharas, Colorado in 1900. He married Irene Martinez, daughter of Jose Daniel Martinez and Francisca Ribali, and had three issue with her. His son, Celestino Tim, was born in Walsenburg, Colorado in 1920. He married Euna Monteen Marcum in San Francisco, California and had a son (Tim D.) and daughter with her. He passed away in Pueblo, Colorado in 1982.
Early American and New World Settlers
Some of the earliest settlers in the New World bearing this name include Sebastian de Trujillo (1516), Diego Trujillo (Cartagena, Colmbia 1534), Fernando de Trujillo (Cuba 1534), and Baltasar de Trujillo (Florida 1538).
Several thousand members of the Trujillo family came to the United States through Ellis Island, during the nineteenth century, including:
1) Antonio Trujillo came from Mexico City, Mexico aboard the Mexico in 1913
2) Juan Trujillo came from Havana, Cuba aboard the Seguranca in 1906
3) Enrique Trujillo came from Havana, Cuba aboard the Saratoga in 1908
4) Belarmino Trujillo came from Santiago, Chile aboard the Teno in 1924
5) Marco Trujillo came from Caracas, Venezuela aboard the Teno in 1924
6) Abraham Trujillo came from Cuba aboard the City of Vera Cruz in 1880
7) Conchita Trujillo came from Bogota, Colombia aboard the Santa Marta in 1919
8) Manuel Trujillo came from Cuba aboard the Eagle in 1866
9) Luis Trujillo came from Cuba aboard the City of Havana in 1873
10) Manuel Trujillo came from Spain aboard the Bark Evening Star in 1873
11) Maria Trujillo came from Huevla, Spain aboard the Legazpi in 1919
12) Miguel Trujillo came from Puerto Rico aboard the Nadji in 1879
There are hundreds of notable people with the Trujillo surname. This page will mention a handful. Famous people with this last name include:
1) Alfonso Lopez Trujillo (1935-2008) was a Colombian Cardinal Bishop of the Catholic Church, born in Villahermosa, Tolima
2) Bernardo Trujillo (1920-1971) was a marketing executive born in Bogota, Columbia, known as the “Pope of Supermarketing”
3) César Augusto Gaviria Trujillo (1947) was the 28th President of Columbia from 1990-1994, born in Pereira, who summoned the Constituent Assembly of Colombia, which enacted the Constitution of 1991
4) Chadwick A. Trujillo (1973) who is an American astronomer who co-discovered Eris, a dwarf planet in the Solar System
5) Héctor Bienvenido Trujillo Molina (1908-2002) was a general, politician, and President of the Dominican Republic between 1952 and 1960, born in San Cristobal
6) Robert Trujillo (1964) is an American songwriter and musician from Santa Monica, California who became the bassist in the iconic heavy metal band Metallica in 2003
7) Maria Trujillo Tenorio de Rios (1959) is a former marathon runner from Mexico who finished 25th in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, California, as well as willing 1st Place in the 1986 San Francisco Marathon and 1st in the 1990 Houston Marathon
8) Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina (1891-1961), nicknamed “El Jefe” who was the president of the Dominican Republic from 1930 to 1938
9) Valentin Trujillo Gazcon (1951-2006) was a Mexican actor born in Atotnilco, Jalisco, Mexico who acted in over 140 films and directed 20 films
10) Alexander Trujillo (1974) was a professional boxer born in San Juan, Puerto Rico who won a silver medal at the Pan American Games in 1995 and a silver medal at the Central American and Caribbean Games in 1993
11) Luis Enrique Trujillo Ortiz (1990) is a Peruvian football (soccer) player whose career began in 2007, having plated for the national team in 2009, born in Talara
Trujillo America Civil War Veterans
There were several soldiers with the last name Trujillo who served in the American Civil War, including the following:
1) Jose Ramon Trujillo of the 2nd Regiment New Mexico Infantry (Union)
2) Jose Trujillo of the 1st Regiment California Cavalry (Union)
3) Corporal Lucien (L.D.) Truxillo of the 2nd Regiment Louisiana Cavalry (Confederate)
4) Fleurentine Truxillo of the 28th Regiment Louisiana Infantry (Confederate)
5) Jose Guadalipe Trujillo of the 1st Regiment New Mexico Infantry (Union)
6) Juan Maria Trujillo of the 1st Regiment New Mexico Infantry (Union)
7) Antonio Truchillo of the 2nd Regiment New Mexico Infantry (Union)
8) Ricordo Trugillo of the 1st Battalion California Native Cavalry (Union)
9) Crestino Truxillo of the 1st Regiment New Mexico Cavalry (Union)
10) Benito Trujillo of the 1st Regiment New Mexico Infantry (Union)
Blazons & Genealogy Notes
1) Castille – Coupé au 1 de gueules à une tour d’or surmontée d’un soleil du même au 2 d’argent à une tour de gueules
2) Aragon, Andalousie – D’or à treize tourteaux d’azur 3 3 3 3 et 1 à la bordure de gueules ch de huit flanchis d’or. English: Or with 13 roundels azure 3 3 3 3 and 1 a bordure gules charged with eight saltorels or.
3) Andalousie – Écartelé aux 1 et 4 d’or à quatre pals de gueules à la bordure d’azur ch de huit croisettes du champ aux 2 et 3 d’or à treize tourteaux d’azur 3 3 3 et 1. English: Quarterly 1st and 4th or four palets gules a bordure azure charged with eight crosslet of the field 2nd and 3rd or with 13 roundels azure 3 3 3 and 1.
4) Trujillo de Santa-Cruz – Andalousie – Coupé au 1 de sinople à une tour sommée d’une tourelle d’or embrasée de gueules brochant sur huit drapeaux quatre de chaque côté alternativement d’argent et de gueules à la bordure de gueules ch de huit flanchis d’or au 2 parti d’azur à une tour sommée d’une tourelle d’argent et une main de carnation tenant une croix de gueules issante des créneaux de la tourelle et de gueules à trois têtes de Sarrasin au naturel posées de profil coiffées de turbans d’argent rayés de gueules le 2 entouré d’une bordure d’argent ch des mots SOLO A LA CRUZ ESTO SE DERE POR EL AMOR DE LA MISMA SE GANÓ LA TORRE en lettres de sable. English: Per fess 1st vert with a tower surmounted by a turret or doorway gules covering over eight flags four in each side alternately argent and gules a bordure gules charged with eight saltorels or 2nd per pale azure with a tower surmounted by a turret argent and a hand carnation holding a cross gules issuant from the merlons of the turret and gules three heads of a Saracen proper placed in profile wearing turbans argent striped gules the 2 entirely within a bordure argent charged with the words SOLO Overall LA CRUZ ESTO SE DERE POR EL AMOR DE LA MISMA SE GANO LA TORRE in letter sable.