Latin Last Names

Most of the Latin last names out there originally came from Spain, and they started being given to people during the 12th century. Nowadays, when Latin last names are given, they are not given only one name, but two. Every person is given a middle name that comes directly from their mother's maiden name or father's last name, and a last name from the other parent that didn't give their name for the middle name.

When Latin last names were first given, they were developed from four different sources. The first source of Latin last names originated from taking the first name of a parent and creating a last name for the child. They would then often add an -es, -is, -os, -as, -ez, -az, -is, or -oz to the end of the father's first name.

Another way that people got their respective Latin last names was from where they lived. Their last name would come from the town that they lived in, or from their particular area.

Additionally, people received their last names from what their occupation was, or from a physical feature that the person had. For example, the last name Guerrero means soldier, and the name Delgado was given to a man that was very thin.

The Most Common Latin Last Names

Aguilar

Alvarez

Castillo

Castro

Chavez

Cruz

Delgado

Diaz

Espinoza

Fernandez

Flores

Garcia

Garza

Gomez

Gonzalez

Gutierrez

Guzman

Hernandez

Hierra

Jiminez

Lopez

Martinez

Medina

Mendez

Mendoza

Morales

Moreno

Munoz

Nunez

Ortega

Ortiz

Pena

Perez

Ramirez

Ramos

Reyes

Rios

Rivera

Rodriguez

Romero

Ruiz

Salazar

Sanchez

Santiago

Soto

Torres

Valdez

Vargas

Vasquez

Vega

As seen above, Latin last names have many different meanings behind them, and therefore have lots of history as well. In general, Latin last names are fairly easy to track down to see where they came from and what exactly the last name means.