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Re: El Salvadorian/Spanish connection: Quintanilla conquistador
Posted by: Rebekah Crisanta Quintanilla (ID *****4187) Date: September 09, 2010 at 22:15:27
In Reply to: Re: El Salvadorian or Mexican? by Jose Quintanilla of 308

Hi Jose and all,
My family is from colonia Alfaro, Comasagua, La Libertad. Quintanilla in my family came from my paternal grandfather from Chalatenango. My grandma says the name is pretty rare and specific to the areas around the capital, chalatenango, Santa tecla, la libertad, and sonsonate. In my research I have found the Salvadoran/Spanish connection to be Antonio de Quintanilla, a Spaniard military conquistador(my dad carries the same name). I am quite sure our family name is the product of the rape of our indigenous grandmother ancestors. Antonio de Quintanilla had a specific mission in defeating the Lencas (chalatenango, lempa river). I think wherever you have Lenca heritage in El Salvador you will find the Quintanilla name today. Btw, we are light skinned with dark curly hair. According to my abuelita, all quintanillas in La Libertad and Sonsonate are related so you can be sure to have many relatives!
Rebekah Crisanta

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