González (surname)

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This article is about the surname González. For other uses, see Gonzalez (disambiguation).
Family name
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González is the most common in the Province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Meaning "Son of Gonzalo"
Region of origin Spain
Language(s) of origin Spanish
Related names Gonzales; Gonçalves

González is a Spanish surname. In Spain, González is the second most common surname with 2.08% of the population 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]


González is of Spanish origin, and it means "son of Gonzalo".[4] 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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  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