Origin Displayed: Spanish Spelling variations include: Aguilar, Aguilera, Aguiler, Aguiar, Aquilar and others. First found in Castile, predominant among the Christian kingdoms of medieval Spain. Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Among the early explorers of the New World was Jer?nimo de Aguilar, who reached the coast of Mexico in 1511 and lived for eight years among the Mayas, before joining Cort?s in 1519 in the conquest of Mexico. Other early settlers of the New World include Catalina de Aguiar, who emigrated to America in 1512.
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A coat of arms / family crest is a unique heraldic design on a shield or escutcheon or on a surcoat or tabard used to cover and protect armour and/or to identify the wearer. Thus the term is often stated as "coat-armour", because it was anciently displayed on the front of a coat of cloth. The coat of arms on an escutcheon forms the central element of the full heraldic achievement which consists of shield, supporters, crest and motto. The design is a symbol unique to an individual person, and to his family, corporation, or state. Such displays are commonly called armorial bearings, armorial devices, heraldic devices, or simply armorials or arms.
Note: A Coat of Arms is sometimes referred to as a FAMILY SHIELD, CODE OF ARMS, FAMILY SEAL OR FAMILY CREST
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