Hispanic Last Names in the U.S.

Can you guess the most common last names of Hispanics in the United States? To make it easier, we give you the first letter as a clue.
Hint: Think especially of names ending in -ez (and -es).
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Last updated: April 11, 2017
First submittedJuly 12, 2012
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Letter
Last Name
779,000
G
Garcia
746,000
R
Rodriguez
711,000
M
Martinez
663,000
H
Hernandez
569,000
L
Lopez
562,000
G
Gonzalez
448,000
P
Perez
405,000
S
Sanchez
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Letter
Last Name
364,000
R
Ramirez
296,000
T
Torres
284,000
F
Flores
270,000
R
Rivera
240,000
G
Gomez
230,000
D
Diaz
202,000
R
Reyes
200,000
M
Morales
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Letter
Last Name
199,000
C
Cruz
198,000
O
Ortiz
197,000
G
Gutierrez
171,000
C
Chavez
165,000
R
Ramos
164,000
G
Gonzales
161,000
R
Ruiz
153,000
A
Alvarez
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Level 39
Aug 18, 2012
i just thought of last names of hispanic baseball players and got 12
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Level 53
Aug 15, 2013
I was doing the same thing but only managed 11
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Level 62
Mar 7, 2018
I tried that too, but it didn't help much cause I soon realized that the only baseball player I know is Babe Ruth...
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Level 34
Aug 24, 2020
I just got Sanchez from Napoleon Dynamite, that's my knowledge of Latino last names
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Level 29
Aug 22, 2012
Names ending in -es are Portuguese, not Hispanic.
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Level 55
Aug 28, 2012
Let the U.S. Census Bureau know. ;-)
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Level 29
Sep 8, 2012
I couldn't care less about other countries' goverments opinions. I'm just telling you this fact because many of you don't know it.
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Level 58
Nov 15, 2012
No they're not. "Torres, Flores, Reyes, Morales, Ramos"...Those are actual words in Spanish. Maybe you're right for Gonzales, but not the others.
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Level 71
Jan 7, 2013
I've heard similar things said about Spanish surnames, i.e., Quiñónes is Puerto Rican, while Quiñónez is Mexican. I'm not so sure it's that cut-and-dried. And Hernán Cortés was certainly Spanish, so I doubt the Spanish/Portuguese distinction works either.
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Level 80
Jan 12, 2013
We don't know it because it's not true.
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Level 34
Jan 2, 2018
as someone with the last name Valdés, I can assure you that my last name is, in fact, Spanish in origin.
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Level 37
Aug 6, 2020
He probably meant Gonzales, Rodrigues, etc, those are indeed Portuguese
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Level 81
Jan 6, 2020
Cervantes was Portuguese all along?
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Level 67
Jul 31, 2020
Either way, the suffix seems to have originated with the Basques: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basque_surnames
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Level 80
Jan 12, 2013
I'm sure if I had taken this test 10 years ago when I worked in ER registration I would have got 100% easy.
+2
Level 8
Dec 5, 2013
I know 1-37 by heart I get 100% easily on this quiz
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Level 58
Jul 31, 2020
Interesting thing to learn XD XD XD
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Level 65
Oct 6, 2016
Completely and totally blanked. Tried a bunch of baseball players, but few of them actually worked.
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Level 80
Jan 6, 2017
No Fernandez is unbelievable.
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Level ∞
Apr 11, 2017
Fernandez is #39.
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Level ∞
Apr 11, 2017
Smith is #127.
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Level 81
Aug 5, 2017
Typing hispanic names of football players in Europe got me quite a few.
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Level 56
Aug 6, 2017
That was much harder than I expected it to be.
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Level 45
May 26, 2019
Same.
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Level 37
Jul 31, 2020
Do you know that Hispania is Arabic word
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Level 60
Jul 31, 2020
There are many theories about the origin of the word Hispania, but the most accepted one is that it derived from the phoenician word "y-spn-y" which means island of rabbits.
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Level 58
Jul 31, 2020
Even if that were true, which it doesn't seem to be according to Momillo, it wouldn't be very special since much of Spain used to be an caliphate. see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Spain#/media/File:Map_Iberian_Peninsula_750-en.svg
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Level 55
Aug 2, 2020
But the Romans already called it Hispania.
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Level 61
Jul 31, 2020
2000 is kinda old. Just curious, is there any data from the 2010 census? And does it have any major differences from this?