Arguello last name popularity, history, and meaning

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

Meaning of Arguello

A Spanish toponymic surname referring to someone from any of several places named Argüello in Spain.

Arguello, 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 Arguello surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Arguello in America

Arguello is the 4160th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Arguello surname appeared 8,518 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 Arguello.

We can also compare 2010 data for Arguello 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 4160 4900 -16.34%
Count 8,518 6,585 25.60%
Proportion per 100k 2.89 2.44 16.89%

The history of the last name Arguello

The surname Arguello is of Spanish origin and can be traced back to the medieval era. It is believed to have originated from the Castilian Spanish word "arguello," which means a small gorge or ravine. This suggests that the name was likely derived from a topographic feature or a place name associated with such a landscape.

In the early 13th century, records show the name Arguello appearing in various regions of Spain, particularly in the northern regions of Asturias and Cantabria. It is possible that the name was initially adopted by families living near or in proximity to a ravine or gorge, which might have served as a distinguishing feature in their local area.

One of the earliest known references to the name Arguello can be found in the "Repartimiento de Sevilla," a document dating back to the 13th century, which recorded the distribution of lands and properties among the conquering Christians in the city of Seville after the Reconquista. This document mentions individuals with the surname Arguello, indicating their presence in the region during that time.

In the 15th century, the name Arguello gained prominence through the exploits of Diego de Arguello, a Spanish conquistador and explorer who accompanied Hernán Cortés in the conquest of Mexico. Born around 1480 in Seville, Diego de Arguello played a significant role in the exploration and colonization of the Americas.

Another notable figure bearing the surname Arguello was José Dario Arguello, a Mexican military officer and politician who served as the last Spanish Governor of Alta California from 1815 to 1822. Born in 1753 in Guadalajara, Mexico, he played a crucial role in the transition of California from Spanish to Mexican rule.

In the early 19th century, the name Arguello gained prominence in the United States through the life of Luis Antonio Arguello, a soldier and diplomat who served as the first governor of Alta California under Mexican rule from 1822 to 1825. Born in 1784 in San Francisco, California, he was a prominent figure in the early history of the state.

The surname Arguello can also be found in various regions of Latin America, such as Mexico, Argentina, and Chile, where it was likely carried by Spanish settlers and emigrants during the colonial period. Over time, the name has undergone various spelling variations, including Argüello, Arguellos, and Argüellos.

Throughout history, the surname Arguello has been associated with individuals from diverse backgrounds, including military leaders, politicians, explorers, and civilians. While the name's origins can be traced back to medieval Spain, it has since spread across continents, reflecting the far-reaching influence of Spanish colonization and migration.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Arguello

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

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 Arguello was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 8.28% 705
Non-Hispanic Black Only 0.19% 16
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.38% 32
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.21% 18
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 0.21% 18
Hispanic Origin 90.74% 7,729

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 Arguello has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 8.28% 9.29% -11.50%
Black 0.19% 0.15% 23.53%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.38% 0.32% 17.14%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.21% 0.32% -41.51%
Two or More Races 0.21% 0.47% -76.47%
Hispanic 90.74% 89.45% 1.43%

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 Arguello was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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