Humanities › History & Culture Surname Meaning and Family History: Gomez Share Flipboard Email Print Bilbao, Biscay, Spain. Chris Clor / 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 April 16, 2019 The surname Gomez (also spelled Gomes, Gomis, or Gometz) has Spanish origins and is a patronymic form of the given name, Gome or Gomo, meaning "man." Gomo is a pet form of Gomesano, composed of old Spanish elements meaning "man, path" plus the patronymic ending "-ez," signifying "son of." The English surname Gomme is similar, originating from the Visigothic and Old English guma and Middle English gome meaning "man." Gomez is the 68th most popular surname in the United States and the 15th most common Hispanic surname. Famous Gomezes Selena Gomez: American actress, singer and philanthropistJuan Vicente Gómez: ruler of Venezuela from 1908–1935Vernon Louis "Lefty" Gomez: American professional baseball playerMariano Gómez: Filipino priest and martyrRoberto Gómez Bolaños: Mexican writer and actor Common Locations The surname distribution data at Forebears ranks Gomez as the 130th most common surname in the world, identifying it as most prevalent in Mexico and with the highest density in Colombia. The Gomez surname is the 2nd most common surname in Colombia, 5th in Gibraltar, 8th in Argentina and Paraguay, 9th in Andorra and Spain, and 10th in Monaco. Individuals named Gomez are present in large numbers throughout Spain, according to WorldNames PublicProfiler, especially in the Cantabria province of northern Spain along the Bay of Biscay. References: Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.