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Escudo Apellido Lopez.svg
Coat of arms of López surname
Spanish: [ˈlopes] (seseante)
Spanish: [ˈlopeθ] (Castilian)
Meaning"son of Lope" (wolf)
Region of originSpain
Other names
Variant form(s)Lopes (Portuguese), Lupo (Italian), Loup (French), Lupu (Romanian) López ( Mexico )
Frequency comparisons:[1]
López in the Spanish provinces

López is a surname of Spanish origin.[2] It was originally a patronymic, meaning "Son of Lope", Lope itself being a Spanish given name deriving from Latin lupus, meaning "wolf". The surname is first attested in Old Castile in the heart of Spain, where the name originated in Visigothic times;[3] however, the name is not of Germanic origin. Its Portuguese equivalent is Lopes, its Italian equivalent is Lupo, its French equivalent is Loup (or Leu), its Romanian equivalent is Lupu or Lupescu and its Valencian equivalent is Llopis.

López is the fifth most common hispanic surname globally and in Spain and the USA. It is the most common surname in the province of Lugo. In the UK, it is the most common Spanish surname in the United Kingdom.

Geographical distribution[edit]

As of 2014, 34.8% of all known bearers of the surname López were residents of Mexico (frequency 1:40), 10.0% of Spain (1:52), 8.2% of Guatemala (1:22), 7.3% of the United States (1:547), 7.1% of Colombia (1:75), 5.0% of Argentina (1:96), 3.8% of Venezuela (1:88), 2.7% of Honduras (1:36), 2.7% of Peru (1:131), 2.6% of the Philippines (1:438), 2.5% of Nicaragua (1:27), 2.1% of Cuba (1:62), 1.8% of Ecuador (1:99), 1.6% of El Salvador (1:44), 1.4% of Paraguay (1:56), 1.3% of Chile (1:148) and 1.1% of Bolivia (1:104).

In Spain, the frequency of the surname was higher than average (1:52) in the following regions:

In Guatemala, the frequency of the surname was higher than average (1:22) in the following departments:

In Mexico, the frequency of the surname was higher than average (1:40) in the following states:[4]




Other people[edit]


  1. ^ "López Surname Meaning and Distribution". forebears.co.uk.
  2. ^ Pedro Morote Pérez (1741). Antiguedad, y blasones de la ciudad de Lorca, y Historia de Santa Maria la Real de las Huertas ... por Francisco Joseph Lopez Mesnier, en la calle de Zambrana. pp. 214–.
  3. ^ Lopez Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History
  4. ^ Lopez surname distribution