Transferred use of the Welsh surname, in origin a variant of Lloyd. This form of the name results from an attempt to represent the sound of the Welsh initial Ll- using traditional English pronunciation and orthography. From the 1890s to the 1930s it was at its most popular in the United States.
Spanish: habitational name from any of the several places, as for example Medina-Sidonia in Cádiz province and Medina del Campo in Valladolid, so called from Arabic medīna ‘city’. The surname is also borne by Sephardic Jews.