Francisco "Pancho" Villa was a Mexican revolutionary general and one of the most prominent figures of the Mexican Revolution. As commander of the División del Norte, 'Division of the North', in the Constitutionalist Army, he was a military-landowner of the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua.
David Villa, the Spanish footballer, is a notable bearer of this name.
In Italian "Villa" means nowadays "manor" or simply "house".
The word comes from "villano" (farmer, peasant), as they lived in big houses in the coutryside, named "ville" (Italian plural for villa), property of the landowners.
A more ancient origin can be found in the ancient Rome, where for the Romans "villa" was the house situated out of the city walls, they were built in the late Republican age for the rich ruling class that wanted to build agricultural businesses using slaves. The meaning of the term "villa" became then the same as farm or rustic villa, but also a countryside house for relax and study (otium), or a luxury residence inside the city (urban or suburban Villa).

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