Padilla Family History
Padilla Name Meaning
Spanish: habitational name from any of various minor places for example in the provinces of Burgos Guadalajara and Valladolid named from Spanish padilla ‘frying pan breadpan’ (from Latin patella a diminutive of patina ‘shallow dish’) a word that was commonly used in the topographic sense of a shallow gentle depression. In the US this surname is also found among Native Americans (mainly Pueblos).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press