Last name: Medina

Recorded in history as de Medina, and Medina, this is a surname of the Iberian Peninsula, specifically Catalonia in Spain. It is locational from any or all of the places called Medina, such as Medina del Campo in the province of Valladolid, whilst the duke of Medina Sidonia commanded the famous Armada, which so disastrously failed to invade England in 1588. The name is believed to mean the Holy Place from the Arabic Mdina. Much of Spain was under Moorish Muslim control for many centuries, until they were finally driven out in the 15th century. The Moors left many mementos of their stay including some outstanding architecture, and many place names such as Granada and Medina. The surname is well recorded in surviving Spanish church registers from the 16th century. These include examples such as 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 February 5th 1759.

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Daniel Abreu Medina
Medina is Jewish, history records many Jews by that name (For example: Solomon de Medina was a wealthy Jew who went with William III to England as an army contractor). As well as historical records (Inquisition Records, Beavis Marks Records Of Sephardic Jews, Etc.) show Medina to be Jewish. If the Arabs are basing themselves on their Medina City, well let me say that Medina City was originally a Jewish Colony found by Jews, and then later the Arabs came and took the city from us (The Jews).

lia bat yehudia
no way! look at the dead sea scrolls-- hebrew, not arabic--I ahve never seen a tanach in arabic ...and hebrew has been continuously used in prayer since BCE. "wrong information", indeed! alive and well for the past 2000+ years, thank-you-- with a sojourn of the vernacular Aramaic. check (and how about, *name) your sources. b'shalom, lia

Medina Krause
Interesting Spanish surname. I think it's a common one. This particular surname is also, to my knowledge, a Jewish and an Arabic first name.

Rev. Fr. A. j. Medina, D.B.
Like all Semitic words there is a relationship. As 1941 "Hebrew" was dead language, even after further resaerch, it is to be taken notice, that the Tanakh was written in arabic, and many word of the ancient language were pronounced following tha arabic phonetic. It is that centuries later the Jehudy ashkenaz developed yidish and wrote it using the defunt hebrew alphabeth. It's time to stop difunding the wrong information, after all: Adonai ehad!