Lupe last name popularity, history, and meaning

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

Meaning of Lupe

A Spanish surname meaning "wolf".

Lupe, 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 Lupe surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Lupe in America

Lupe is the 37391st most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Lupe surname appeared 596 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 people would have the surname Lupe.

We can also compare 2010 data for Lupe 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 37391 31592 16.81%
Count 596 692 -14.91%
Proportion per 100k 0.20 0.26 -26.09%

The history of the last name Lupe

The surname Lupe is of Spanish origin, derived from the Spanish word "loba," which means "she-wolf." Its roots can be traced back to the Middle Ages, around the 13th century, when it was likely used as a nickname or descriptive name for someone with wolf-like characteristics or behaviors.

Historically, the name Lupe was particularly prevalent in the regions of Castile and Andalusia in Spain. It was often associated with families or individuals who lived in rural or mountainous areas, where wolves were common. The earliest recorded instances of the name can be found in medieval Spanish documents and records, such as the Cartularios and the Becerros, which were compilations of charters and land records.

One of the earliest known bearers of the surname Lupe was Juan Lupe, a Spanish nobleman who lived in the late 15th century. He was a military commander and served under King Ferdinand II of Aragon during the Reconquista, the period of the Christian reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula from the Moors.

Another notable figure with the surname Lupe was María Lupe de la Vega, a Spanish poet and writer who lived in the 16th century. She was renowned for her work in the Spanish Golden Age of literature and was a member of the literary circle known as the "Argensola School."

In the 17th century, the name Lupe appeared in various historical records, including the chronicles of the Spanish colonization of the Americas. One such record mentions a Juan Lupe de Cárdenas, a Spanish explorer and conquistador who participated in the expedition of Francisco Vázquez de Coronado in search of the mythical Seven Cities of Gold in the present-day southwestern United States.

The surname Lupe was also associated with several religious figures throughout history. For instance, Fray Diego Lupe was a Spanish Franciscan friar who lived in the late 16th century and served as a missionary in the Philippines. Another notable figure was María Lupe Mirabal, a Dominican religious sister and educator who founded several schools and orphanages in the late 19th century.

During the 19th century, the surname Lupe gained prominence in various parts of Latin America, particularly in Mexico, where it was sometimes associated with place names such as Lupe de León, a small town in the state of Guanajuato. One of the most famous bearers of the name from this period was Ignacio Lupe, a Mexican military officer and politician who played a significant role in the Mexican Revolution in the early 20th century.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Lupe

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

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 Lupe was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 28.19% 168
Non-Hispanic Black Only 2.68% 16
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 2.52% 15
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 47.99% 286
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 1.34% 8
Hispanic Origin 17.28% 103

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

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 28.19% 33.53% -17.30%
Black 2.68% 3.03% -12.26%
Asian and Pacific Islander 2.52% 2.46% 2.41%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 47.99% 47.69% 0.63%
Two or More Races 1.34% 0.87% 42.53%
Hispanic 17.28% 12.43% 32.65%

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

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