This surname CANDILLO was a Spanish nickname which was derived from the Catholic feast of the Purification of the Virgin, given perhaps to someone born on this day of the year (2nd February) or having some other association with it. The name originally derives from the Latin 'candela' (candle) since on this day candles were blessed by a priest and then lit to invoke the protection of the Virgin Mary. The name also meant 'one who was a leader of men'. In the 8th century, Spain fell under the control of the Moors, and this influence, which lasted into the 12th century, has also left its mark on Hispanic surnames. A few names are based directly on Arabic personal names. The majority of Spanish occupational and nickname surnames, however, are based on ordinary Spanish occupational and nickname surnames The name is also spelt as Candeloro Candela and Candilori.
Felix Candela born in 1910 was the Spanish-born Mexican architect and engineer. He fled to Mexico in 1939 as a republican refugee from the Spanish Civil war and worked as a construction foreman, builder, architect and structural engineer to become one of the world's foremost designers. His creations have included the Sports Palace for the Olympic Games in Mexico City in 1968. He emigrated to the United States of America in 1971. Translation: Gules (red) denotes Mititary Fortitude and Magnanimity. The rose is the symbol of Beauty and Peace. It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. Men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way.
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