Humanities › History & Culture Garcia: Name Meaning and Origin Share Flipboard Email Print Hill Street Studios/Stockbyte/Getty Images History & Culture Genealogy Surnames Basics Genealogy Fun Vital Records Around the World American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated July 12, 2019 The origins of the Garcia surname are uncertain. Several theories for the meaning and origin of this popular Hispanic surname include: The most common meaning of the Garcia surname is the patronymic "descendant or son of Garcia" (the Spanish form of Gerald). The personal name Garcia is of uncertain origin, however, the given name Gerald is a Germanic name meaning "rule of the spear," from the elements ger (spear) and wald (rule).According to Elsdon C. Smith, author of "American Surnames," the name Garcia could mean either "descendant of Garcia, Spanish form of Gerald" or "one who came from Garcia, in Spain."Derived from the Basque word hartz, meaning "bear." Garcia is the 8th most popular surname in the United States, the most common Hispanic surname in the country based on the 2000 census. Surname Origin: Spanish Alternate Surname Spellings: GARCI, GARZA, GARCIA, GARCES, GACIA, GACIAS, GACIO, GACIOT, GARTZIA, GARSEA, GASSIA Famous People with the Surname Garcia Jerry Garcia - Grateful Dead band memberAndy Garcia - Cuban American actorJoaquín Torres-García - Mexican painter and founder of constructive universalismManuel Garcia (1775-1832) - Spanish opera singer and composer Genealogy Resources for the Surname Garcia 100 Most Common U.S. Surnames & Their MeaningsSmith, Johnson, Williams, Jones, Brown... Are you one of the millions of Americans sporting one of these top 100 common last names from the 2000 census? Common Hispanic Surnames & Their MeaningsLearn about the origins of Hispanic last names, and the meanings of many of the most common Spanish surnames. Garcia Family Genealogy ForumSearch this popular genealogy forum for the Garcia surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Garcia query. FamilySearch - GARCIA GenealogyFind records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Garcia surname and its variations. GARCIA Surname & Family Mailing ListsRootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Garcia surname. DistantCousin.com - GARCIA Genealogy & Family HistoryFree databases and genealogy links for the last name Garcia. References: Surname Meanings & Origins Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.Hanks, Patrick and Hodges, Flavia. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.