Almaraz last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Almaraz is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Almaraz.

Meaning of Almaraz

A habitational surname referring to someone from any of the various places in Spain named Almaraz.

Almaraz, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Almaraz surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Almaraz in America

Almaraz is the 4215th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Almaraz surname appeared 8,404 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 people would have the surname Almaraz.

We can also compare 2010 data for Almaraz to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 4215 5651 -29.11%
Count 8,404 5,634 39.46%
Proportion per 100k 2.85 2.09 30.77%

The history of the last name Almaraz

The surname Almaraz originates from Spain and has its roots in the medieval period. It is believed to be derived from the Arabic words "al-mara'a," meaning "the pasture," and "az," denoting "the." This suggests that the name likely originated as a place name referring to a specific pasture or grazing area.

One of the earliest recorded instances of the surname Almaraz can be found in the Libro del Repartimiento de Sevilla, a 13th-century manuscript documenting the distribution of land and property in the city of Seville following its conquest by King Ferdinand III of Castile in 1248. This document mentions individuals bearing the surname Almaraz, indicating their presence in the region during that time.

In the 14th century, the surname Almaraz appeared in various historical records, including the Catastro de Ensenada, a census-like survey conducted in Spain between 1749 and 1756. This document provides valuable insights into the distribution and prevalence of the name across different regions of Spain.

Notable individuals bearing the surname Almaraz include Juan de Almaraz (1493-1567), a Spanish conquistador who participated in the conquest of Mexico under Hernán Cortés. Another prominent figure was Gaspar de Almaraz (1555-1628), a Spanish painter known for his religious works.

In the literary realm, Miguel de Almaraz (1628-1692) was a Spanish playwright and poet who authored several comedies and plays during the Golden Age of Spanish literature.

Moving into the 19th century, José María Almaraz (1782-1846) was a Spanish military officer who fought against the French during the Peninsular War and later served as a deputy in the Cortes Generales, the Spanish parliament.

Additionally, Ramón Almaraz (1923-2010) was a renowned Mexican artist and sculptor, celebrated for his abstract and cubist-inspired works.

Throughout history, variations in the spelling of the surname Almaraz have been documented, including Almaraza, Almaraci, and Almarás. These variations often reflect regional dialects or linguistic adaptations over time.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Almaraz

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Almaraz.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Almaraz was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 4.02% 338
Non-Hispanic Black Only 0.14% 12
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.21% 18
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.12% 10
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 0.06% 5
Hispanic Origin 95.44% 8,021

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Almaraz has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 4.02% 4.88% -19.33%
Black 0.14% (S)% (S)%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.21% 0.18% 15.38%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.12% (S)% (S)%
Two or More Races 0.06% 0.34% -140.00%
Hispanic 95.44% 94.41% 1.09%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Almaraz was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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