Gomez Last Name Popularity, Meaning and Origin

In this article we'll look at the origin and meaning of the surname Gomez and how popular it is in the United States. We'll also look at the race and ethnic origin of people in the United States who are named Gomez.

Gomez, like all of the 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 Gomez surname is from the 2010 census data.

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What is the Origin and Meaning of the Last Name Gomez?

The surname of Gomez is of Spanish and Germanic origins. Deriving from the Germanic language of the Visigoths, the word guma translates to the word man. In the fifth century AD, the Roman Empire was crumbling when the Germanic Visigoth tribe swept down into Spain routing the Roman presence.

Settling around the Castilian and Galician regions of Spain and Portugal the Germanic Visigoth language gave rise to a number of given names including Gome. Guma eventually became Gomes in Portugal and Gomis in Spain. The addition of the suffix "ez" at the end of the Gomez name denotes via naming practices that the bearer was the “son of Gome.”

Mariano Gomez (August 2, 1799 - February 17, 1872) was born in the Philippines of mixed Austronesian, Chinese and Spanish ancestry. Gomez studied theology at the University of Santo Tomás in preparation to join the priesthood.

In 1824 Mariano became the head priest of Bacoor Cavite. In this role, he worked hard for the community and also fought for the rights of native-born priests who often suffered poor treatment from their Spanish born counterparts.

In 1872 Gomez along with two other friars was accused of treason for taking part in the Cavite Mutiny and was sentenced to death by a military court.

Where Does Gomez Rank in the Most Common U.S. Names?

According to the data, Gomez is ranked #51 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

The Gomez surname appeared 365,655 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 123.96 would have the surname Gomez.

We can also compare 2010 data for Gomez 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 51 68 -28.57%
Count 365,655 263,590 32.44%
Proportion per 100k 123.96 97.71 23.68%

Race and Ethnic Origin of People with the Last Name Gomez

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

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: "White only", "Black only", "American Indian and Alaskan Native only", "Asian and Pacific Islander only", "Two or More Races", and "Hispanic".

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

  • 5.12%, or 18,722 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic White Only".
  • 0.75%, or 2,742 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic Black Only".
  • 1.01%, or 3,693 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only".
  • 0.26%, or 951 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native".
  • 0.26%, or 951 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races".
  • 92.60%, or 338,597 total occurrences, were "Hispanic Origin".

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

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 5.12% 6.10% -17.47%
Black 0.75% 0.81% -7.69%
Asian and Pacific Islander 1.01% 1.04% -2.93%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.26% 0.34% -26.67%
Two or More Races 0.26% 0.54% -70.00%
Hispanic 92.60% 91.16% 1.57%

Data Source(s)

All of the data on this page is sourced from the Decennial Census survey, from the United States Census Bureau.

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