Caldera last name popularity, history, and meaning

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

Meaning of Caldera

A topographic surname referring to someone who lived near a volcanic crater or large, basin-shaped depression.

Caldera, 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 Caldera surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Caldera in America

Caldera is the 4542nd most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Caldera surname appeared 7,802 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 Caldera.

We can also compare 2010 data for Caldera 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 4542 5608 -21.00%
Count 7,802 5,673 31.60%
Proportion per 100k 2.64 2.10 22.78%

The history of the last name Caldera

Caldera is a surname of Spanish origin, derived from the word "caldera," which means "cauldron" or "boiler" in Spanish. The name likely originated in the medieval period, possibly as an occupational surname for someone who worked with cauldrons or boilers.

The earliest known record of the Caldera surname dates back to the 13th century in the region of Castile, Spain. It is believed that the name may have been associated with the metallurgical industry or the production of weapons, as cauldrons were used for melting metals.

In the 15th century, the Caldera surname appeared in various historical documents, including the Repartimiento de Malaga, a record of land grants and settlements in the region of Malaga after its reconquest by the Catholic Monarchs in 1487.

One of the earliest recorded individuals with the Caldera surname was Juan Caldera, a Spanish soldier and explorer who accompanied Hernán Cortés in the conquest of Mexico in the early 16th century.

Another notable figure was Pedro Caldera, a Spanish scholar and theologian who lived in the 16th century. He was a renowned professor at the University of Salamanca and authored several works on theology and philosophy.

In the 17th century, Diego Caldera was a prominent Spanish painter known for his religious works and portraits. He was active in Madrid and is considered one of the leading figures of the Spanish Baroque period.

Gaspar Caldera de Heredia, a Spanish nobleman and military officer, played a significant role in the conquest of the Canary Islands in the late 15th century. He was appointed as the first governor of Gran Canaria in 1483.

Francisco Caldera y Heredia, born in 1637 in Seville, Spain, was a renowned architect and engineer. He designed several notable buildings in Seville, including the Hospital de la Santa Caridad and the Baroque façade of the Palacio Arzobispal.

The Caldera surname has been associated with various place names in Spain, such as Caldera de Taburiente, a volcanic crater on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands, and Caldera de Bandama, a volcanic caldera located in the Canary Islands.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Caldera

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

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 Caldera was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 8.87% 692
Non-Hispanic Black Only 0.28% 22
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.67% 52
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.59% 46
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 0.27% 21
Hispanic Origin 89.32% 6,969

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

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 8.87% 10.44% -16.26%
Black 0.28% 0.32% -13.33%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.67% 0.67% 0.00%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.59% 0.49% 18.52%
Two or More Races 0.27% 0.72% -90.91%
Hispanic 89.32% 87.36% 2.22%

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

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