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Pérez / Perez
Family name
Pronunciation Spanish: [ˈpeɾeθ] / [ˈpeɾes]
Meaning Son of Pero/Pedro (Peter) /
To breach or To burst forth
Region of origin Spain / Israel
Language(s) of origin Spanish / Hebrew
Related names Fares, Farez, Fretz, Peres, Peris, Peretz, Pesidas, Pharez, Pretz, Pritz, Peters

Perez, as most commonly written in English, is a surname with at least two distinct origins, one of which is Spanish and the other Hebrew.

The surname with Spanish origins, written in Spanish orthography as Pérez, is a patronymic surname meaning "son of Pero/Pedro (Peter)." The surname has a Portuguese counterpart with the same meaning and etymology, Peres, written with a final "s" instead of "z" and without the accent.

The surname with a Hebrew origin is transliterated into English as either Perez or Peretz, and is derived from the Hebrew given name פרץ (cf. Genesis 38:29), after the biblical character Perez (son of Judah), which in Hebrew means "to breach" or "to burst forth." That biblical character's Hebrew name, however, is transliterated as Farés in the Spanish Christian Bible.

Neither the Spanish nor the Hebrew surname correspond to one single lineage each. Instead, both correspond to many unrelated lineages.

Additionally, while the Spanish and Hebrew etymological origins are distinct, there are nevertheless those who carry the surname because, in their particular case, the origin of their surname is Spanish Jewish (i.e. Sephardic), and they, as Spanish Jews or their descendants, adopted the surname precisely because of its ambiguity.

Pérez as a surname among Spanish Jews or their descendants could be considered by their non-Jewish Spanish/Hispanic neighbors a typical Christian surname, yet still pay homage to their Jewish roots. This was helpful during the times of the Spanish Inquisition and its persecution of the Jews (and their baptized New Christian descendants) in Spain and its colonies in Hispanic America.

Among Spaniards/Hispanics, the surname by itself does not necessarily indicate a Jewish heritage. Likewise, among Jews, the surname does not by itself necessarily indicate a Sephardic heritage.

It rarely occurs as a first name.


In Castilian Spanish, the name is pronounced [ˈpeɾeθ] and in Latin America, [ˈpeɾes]. The accent or stress is placed on the second-to-last syllable as with all Spanish patronymic surnames.

In Modern Hebrew: [ˈpeʁets].

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  1. ^ Peter Siljedahl (2012). "Sune och tjejhatarligan". Boktips. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Peter Siljedahl (1985). "Sune börjar tvåan". Boktips. Retrieved 16 April 2016.