GUZMAN Surname Meaning and Origin

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The Guzman surname comes from uncertain origins. Two of the disputed theories include:

  1. A descendant of Guzmán (good man), a lord or nobleman. It could also indicate a cadet or noble who served in the military. 
  2. A habitational surname from de Guzmán, or "of Guzmán," derived from the village of Guzmán (es) in the province of Burgos, Spain.
  3. As an eastern Ashkenazic name, it could be a variant of Gusman, an occupational name for a metalworker, from the Yiddish gus, meaning "casting" and  man.

The ancient Guzman surname is the 43rd most common Hispanic surname, and found in all parts of Spain and the Hispanic world.

Surname Origin: Spanish

Alternate Surname Spellings: GUSMAN

Where do People With the GUZMAN Surname Live?

According to WorldNames PublicProfiler, individuals with the Guzman surname are found in greatest numbers in Argentina, especially the regions of Argentine Northwest, Cuyo, Gran Chaco, Patagonia, and The Pampas. However, their surname distribution results do not include data from all of the Hispanic countries. Forebears pegs the Guzman surname as most frequently found in the countries of Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Guatemala, Chile, El Salvador, Guam, Puerto Rico and Colombia, followed by Venezuela, Argentina, Peru, Cuba, Honduras, Nicaragua and Spain.

Famous People with the Surname GUZMAN

Genealogy Resources for the Surname GUZMAN

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Guzman Family Crest - It May Not Be What You Think
Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a coat of arms for the Guzman surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may be rightfully used only by the uninterrupted male line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted. 

The Guzman DNA Project
This project is open to all genealogy researchers who share the Guzman surname, or a genetic link to the surname, and are interested in joining together to use yDNA testing, paper trails, and research to identify individuals with whom they share a common ancestor.

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

FamilySearch - GUZMAN Genealogy
Access over 1.8 million free historical records and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Guzman surname and its variations on this free genealogy website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

GUZMAN Surname & Family Mailing Lists
RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Guzman surname. Browse or search the archive to access over a decade of archived postings for the Guzman surname. - GUZMAN Genealogy & Family History
Explore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Guzman.

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

References: Surname Meanings & Origins

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

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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