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Family name
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López in the Spanish provinces
Pronunciation /ˈlpɛz/
Spanish: [ˈlopes] (seseante)
Spanish: [ˈlopeθ] (Castilian)
Meaning "son of Lope" (wolf)
Region of origin Spain
Language(s) of origin Spanish
Related names Lopes (Portuguese), Lupo (Italian), Loup (French), Lupu (Romanian) Lòpez ( Mexico )
Footnotes: Frequency comparisons:[1]

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 most common Spanish surname in the United Kingdom.




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  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