Open main menu

González is a Spanish surname. In Spain, González is the second most common surname with 2.08% of the population having this surname.[1][full citation needed] González is also a common surname in Latin America. It is one of the five most common surnames in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Paraguay, and Venezuela,[2][full citation needed] making it one of the most common surnames in the Spanish-speaking world. In the United States, González ranked as the 13th most common surname in 2017.[3][full citation needed]

González
Spanish surnames by province of residence.png
González is the most common surname in the Province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Language(s)Visigothic/Ancient Germanic, Spanish
Origin
Meaning"castle", "Son of Gonzalo"
Region of originCastile, Spain
Other names
Variant form(s)Gonzales; Gonçalves

Variant spellings include Gonzales.

Contents

OriginEdit

González is of Spanish origin, deriving from the Visigothic / ancient Germanic term for a castle, "gunþo(guntho)-salaz" meaning "war hall", as evidenced by the castle on its family crest and the Visigothic cultural origins of the nation of Spain. It is also taken to mean "son of Gonzalo",[4] a name deriving from the Germanic "Gunther". Common spelling variations include: Gonzales, Gonzáles, Gonzalés,[citation needed] and Gonzalez (without an acute accent). The variant Consolus appears among people descended from a Spaniard with the surname Gonsález who settled in the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam.[citation needed]

Geographical distributionEdit

As of 2014, 31.8% of all known bearers of the surname González were residents of Mexico (frequency 1:44), 10.8% of Spain (1:49), 10.0% of Venezuela (1:34), 7.4% of Argentina (1:66), 7.1% of the United States (1:584), 6.7% of Colombia (1:81), 5.1% of Cuba (1:26), 4.2% of Chile (1:48), 3.1% of Paraguay (1:27), 2.7% of Guatemala (1:68), 1.7% of Panama (1:27), 1.7% of Nicaragua (1:42), 1.4% of the Dominican Republic (1:85), 1.1% of El Salvador (1:67) and 1.1% of Ecuador (1:171).

In Spain, the frequency of the surname was higher than national average (1:49) in the following autonomous communities:

In Cuba, the frequency of the surname was higher than national average (1:26) in the following provinces:[5]

People named GonzálezEdit

The artsEdit

Film, television, and theaterEdit

LiteratureEdit

MusicEdit

Catholic ChurchEdit

CrimeEdit

MilitaryEdit

Other fieldsEdit

Politics and lawEdit

PresidentsEdit

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematicsEdit

SportsEdit

American footballEdit

Association football (soccer)Edit

AthleticsEdit

Javelin throwEdit
Track and FieldEdit

BaseballEdit

BasketballEdit

BoxingEdit

CyclingEdit

FencingEdit

HockeyEdit

JudoEdit

RacingEdit

RugbyEdit

Shooting sportsEdit

SwimmingEdit

TennisEdit

VolleyballEdit

WrestlingEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Instituto Nacional de Estadística; published November 16, 2006; <http://www.ine.es/daco/daco42/nombyapel/nombyapel.htm>
  2. ^ Several sources from Wikipedia in Spanish <es:Anexo:Apellidos más comunes>
  3. ^ https://news.vice.com/en_ca/article/7xw5va/most-common-last-names
  4. ^ About.com; "Genealogy: Name Meaning and Origin"; <http://genealogy.about.com/library/surnames/g/bl_name-GONZALES.htm?rd=1>; retrieved May 27, 2007
  5. ^ Gonzalez surname distribution