GONZALEZ Surname Meaning and Origin

The Hispanic surname Gonzalez derives from a name meaning "warrior."
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Gonzalez is a patronymic surname meaning "son of Gonzalo." The given name Gonzalo comes from the medieval name Gundisalvus, which was the Latin form of a Germanic name composed of the elements gund, meaning "war" or "battle" and salv which is of unknown meaning.

Gonzalez is the 21st most popular surname in America, according to the 2000 census. The Gonzalez surname is also common in Mexico - 5th most common according to 2006 electoral rolls.

Surname Origin: Spanish


Where Do People with the GONZALEZ Surname Live?

WorldNames PublicProfiler places the majority of the individuals named Gonzalez in Spain, especially the regions of Asturias, Islas Canarias, Castilla Y Leon, Cantabria and Galicia. The Gonzalez is the most popular surname in a number of countries according to data from Forebears, including Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Panama. It also ranks second in the nations of Spain, Venezuela, and Uraguay, and third in Cuba.

Famous People with the Surname GONZALEZ / GONZALES

  • Tony Gonzalez - professional American football player
  • Jaslene Gonzalez - winner of America's Next Top Model
  • Emiliano Gonzalez Navero (1861-1934) - former president of Paraguay
  • Felipe Gonzalez - former prime minister of Spain

Genealogy Resources for the Surname GONZALEZ / GONZALES

100 Most Common U.S. Surnames & Their Meanings
Smith, 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 Meanings
Learn about the origins of Hispanic last names, and the meanings of many of the most common Spanish surnames.

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

Descendants of Pablo Gonzalez
A descendant genealogy for Pablo Gonzalez and his wife, Antonia Candida Cordova, who were married 27 February 1764 in Santa Cruz de la Canada, New Mexico.

Gonzalez DNA Surname Project
This large DNA surname study is testing the paternal and maternal DNA of González and Gonzales descendants from around the world.

GONZALEZ Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the Gonzalez surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Brown query. There is also a separate forum for the GONZALES variation of the Gonzalez surname.

FamilySearch - GONZALEZ Genealogy
Access over 11 million free historical records and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Gonzalez surname and its variations on this free genealogy website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

GONZALEZ Surname & Family Mailing Lists
RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Gonzalez surname. Don't miss the archive of over a decade of past postings, available to search and/or browse!

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

The Gonzalez Genealogy and Family Tree Page
Browse genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the Rodriguez surname from the website of Genealogy Today.


References: Surname Meanings & Origins

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Menk, Lars. "A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames." Bergenfield, NJ: Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. "A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia." Bergenfield, NJ: Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. "A Dictionary of Surnames." New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. "Dictionary of American Family Names." New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Hoffman, William F. "Polish Surnames: Origins and Meanings." Chicago: Polish Genealogical Society, 1993.

Rymut, Kazimierz. "Nazwiska Polakow." Wroclaw: Zaklad Narodowy im. Ossolinskich - Wydawnictwo, 1991.

Smith, Elsdon C. "American Surnames." Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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