GOMEZ Surname Meaning and Origin

The Gomez surname means "son of Gomo," a given name that means man or path.
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The popular surname Gomez 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.

Surname Origin: Spanish

Alternate Surname Spellings: GOMES, GOMIS, GOMETZ

Famous People with the Surname GOMEZ

  • Selena Gomez - American actress, singer and philanthropist
  • Juan Vicente Gómez - ruler of Venezuela from 1908–1935
  • Vernon Louis "Lefty" Gomez - American professional baseball player
  • Mariano Gómez - Filipino priest and martyr
  • Roberto Gómez Bolaños - Mexican writer and actor

Where Do People With the GOMEZ Surname Live?

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 Gibralter, 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.

Genealogy Resources for the Surname GOMEZ

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Gomez Family Crest - It's Not What You Think
Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Gomez family crest or coat of arms for the Gomez 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. 

Gomez Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the Gomez surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Gomez query.

FamilySearch - GOMEZ Genealogy
Access over 5.5 million free historical records and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Gomez surname and its variations on this free genealogy website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

GOMEZ Surname & Family Mailing Lists
RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Gomez surname.

DistantCousin.com - GOMEZ Genealogy & Family History
Explore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Gomez.

The Gomez Genealogy and Family Tree Page
Browse family trees and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the last name Gomez 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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