Haro last name popularity, history, and meaning

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

Meaning of Haro

A Spanish habitational surname referring to someone from any of various places called Haro.

Haro, 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 Haro surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Haro in America

Haro is the 3122nd most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Haro surname appeared 11,547 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 people would have the surname Haro.

We can also compare 2010 data for Haro 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 3122 5682 -58.16%
Count 11,547 5,602 69.33%
Proportion per 100k 3.91 2.08 61.10%

The history of the last name Haro

The surname HARO originated in Spain, specifically in the northern region of Cantabria. It traces its roots back to the 9th century and the Old Spanish word "haro," which meant "boundary marker" or "frontier."

The name is believed to have originated from a place name, possibly the village of Haro or the nearby Monastery of Santa María la Real de Haro, both located in the province of La Rioja. The earliest recorded instances of the surname HARO can be found in medieval documents from the 11th and 12th centuries.

One of the earliest notable bearers of the name was Lope Díaz de Haro, a powerful nobleman and ruler of Vizcaya in the 13th century. His son, Diego López de Haro, was a prominent figure during the reign of King Alfonso X of Castile and León, serving as his trusted advisor and ambassador.

In the 14th century, Juan Núñez de Lara y Haro, a member of the powerful Lara family, was granted the title of Count of Haro by King Alfonso XI of Castile. This further solidified the surname's association with the region and its nobility.

Another notable figure bearing the HARO name was Pedro Fernández de Haro, a 15th-century Spanish military commander who played a significant role in the conquest of the Canary Islands. He was appointed as the first governor of the islands by the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella.

During the colonial era, the HARO surname spread to the Americas, particularly to Mexico and other Spanish territories. One prominent individual was Pedro de Haro, a Spanish explorer and soldier who participated in the conquest of Nueva Galicia (present-day western Mexico) in the 16th century.

Throughout history, the HARO surname has been associated with nobility, military prowess, and exploration, reflecting its roots in the frontier regions of northern Spain and the influence of its early bearers.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Haro

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

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 Haro was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 8.62% 995
Non-Hispanic Black Only 0.57% 66
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 1.00% 115
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.22% 25
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 0.30% 35
Hispanic Origin 89.30% 10,311

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

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 8.62% 8.60% 0.23%
Black 0.57% 0.79% -32.35%
Asian and Pacific Islander 1.00% 0.66% 40.96%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.22% 0.30% -30.77%
Two or More Races 0.30% 0.25% 18.18%
Hispanic 89.30% 89.40% -0.11%

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

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