González (surname)

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González
Family name
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González is the most common surname in the Province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Meaning "castle", "Son of Gonzalo"
Region of origin Castile, Spain
Language(s) of origin Visigothic / Ancient Germanic, Spanish
Related names Gonzales; Gonçalves

González is a Spanish surname. In Spain, González is the second most common surname for 2.08% of the population are named González (García is the most common surname in Spain).[1] 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] making it one of the most common surnames in the Spanish-speaking world. In the United States, González ranked as the 23rd most common surname in 2007.[3]

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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] The last name written with "s" and "z", as in Gonsalez, may also appear without the accentuated "a".

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See also[edit]

Gonçalves, the Portuguese language variation

References[edit]

  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. ^ Surnames, New York Times, 17 November 2007
  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