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The name davila, like so many spanish surnames, is of local origin, derived from the name of a place where a man once lived or where he owned land. In this case, the surname is derived from the town of that name. This was the birthplace of the ancient and noble name of Davila. The sur name means literally "de avila". In some cases, the prefix "de" was dropped, however in this case, the "D" was attached to the name. Branches of the family moved from there to different regions of spain, one branch settling in Valencia, where records mention one Sancho Davila who rendered homage to King James 1 of Aragon, and was rewarded with estates in El Grao, where he settled and left descendants. Other records mention one Francisco Davila