DELGADO Surname Meaning and Origin

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Delgado was a surname usually bestowed on someone who was slender or thin. Michelle Gibson / Getty Images

The Delgado surname was originally bestowed as a nickname for a thin person, from the Spanish/Portuguese delgado, meaning "thin, slender." The term originated from the Latin delicatus, meaning "dainty" or "exquisite."

Delgado is the 46th most common Hispanic surname.

Surname Origin: Spanish, Portuguese


Famous People with the Surname DELGADO

  • Carlos Delgado - Puerto Rican baseball player
  • Issac Delgado - Cuban salsa/timba star
  • Pedro Delgado - Spanish professional cyclist and former winner of the Tour de France
  • Humberto da Silva Delgado - General of the Portuguese Air Force
  • James Delgado - maritime archaeologist, explorer and author
  • Chiquinquirá Delgado - Venezuelan television host, actress and model
  • José Manuel Rodríguez Delgado - Spanish neuroscientist, famed for his research into electrical stimulation of the brain

Where Do People With the DELGADO Surname Live?

The surname distribution data at Forebears ranks Delgado as the 433rd most common surname in the world, identifying it as most prevalent in Mexico and with the highest density in Cape Verde. The Delgado surname is the 14th most common surname in Cape Verde, 26th in Ecuador, 30th in Cuba, 34th in Spain and 36th in Venezuela. The Delgato spelling is most prevalent in the United States, especially in California, Florida, Texas, New York and Pennsylvania.

The Delgado surname is prevalent throughout most of Spain, according to WorldNames PublicProfiler, with the greatest numbers of individuals named Delgado found in the Canary Islands, followed by the provinces of western Spain.

Genealogy Resources for the Surname DELGADO

  • 100 Most Common Spanish Surnames: Have you ever wondered about your Spanish last name and how it came to be? This article describes common Spanish naming patterns and explores the meaning and origins of 100 common Spanish surnames.
  • How to Research Hispanic Heritage: Learn how to get started researching your Hispanic ancestors, including the basics of family tree research and country specific organizations, genealogical records, and resources for Spain, Latin America, Mexico, Brazil, the Caribbean, and other Spanish speaking countries.
  • Delgado Family Crest - It's Not What You Think: Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Delgado family crest or coat of arms for the Delgado surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male-line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted. 
  • The Delgado DNA Project: The Delgado Family Project seeks to find common heritage among males with the Delgado last name through the sharing of information and DNA testing.
  • DELGADO Family Genealogy Forum: Search this popular genealogy forum for the Delgado surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Delgado query.
  • FamilySearch - DELGADO Genealogy: Access over 1.6 million free historical records and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Delgado surname and its variations on this free genealogy website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • DELGADO Surname & Family Mailing Lists: This free mailing list for researchers of the Delgado surname and its variations includes subscription details and a searchable archives of past messages.
  • - DELGADO Genealogy & Family History: Explore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Delgado.
  • The Delgado Genealogy and Family Tree Page: Browse family trees and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the last name Delgado from the website of Genealogy Today.

References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.

Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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