Manzanares last name popularity, history, and meaning

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

Meaning of Manzanares

A locational surname referring to someone from any of several places named Manzanares in Spain.

Manzanares, 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 Manzanares surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Manzanares in America

Manzanares is the 4740th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Manzanares surname appeared 7,480 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 Manzanares.

We can also compare 2010 data for Manzanares 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 4740 6032 -23.99%
Count 7,480 5,249 35.05%
Proportion per 100k 2.54 1.95 26.28%

The history of the last name Manzanares

The surname Manzanares originates from Spain and dates back to the medieval period. It is derived from the Spanish place name Manzanares, which itself comes from the Latin words "mala" and "naris," meaning "apples" and "nose" respectively. This refers to the town's location near a river with a distinctive apple-like shape.

One of the earliest recorded instances of the Manzanares surname appears in the Becerro de las Behetrías, a medieval census document from the 14th century. This suggests the name was already well-established by that time in parts of central Spain like Castile and La Mancha.

In the 16th century, Juan Manzanares (1470-1535) was a renowned Spanish architect who designed several notable buildings in Toledo, including parts of the city's iconic cathedral. Around the same period, Pedro Manzanares (1490-1560) served as a military commander during the Spanish conquest of Mexico under Hernán Cortés.

The 17th century saw the birth of Francisco Manzanares (1629-1705), a Baroque painter from Madrid whose works can be found in churches across Spain. A century later, José Manzanares (1790-1865) was a Spanish general who fought against Napoleon's forces during the Peninsular War.

As Spanish explorers and settlers ventured across the Atlantic, the Manzanares name spread to the Americas. One notable example is Juan Manzanares (1675-1743), a rancher and landowner who established a large cattle operation in what is now Texas during the early Spanish colonial period.

Throughout its long history, variations of the Manzanares spelling have included Manzanaris, Manzanariz, and Manzanarias, reflecting linguistic changes over time. However, the core meaning tracing back to the Spanish town name has remained intact for centuries.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Manzanares

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

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 Manzanares was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 9.08% 679
Non-Hispanic Black Only 0.40% 30
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.68% 51
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.56% 42
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 0.44% 33
Hispanic Origin 88.84% 6,645

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

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 9.08% 10.15% -11.13%
Black 0.40% 0.25% 46.15%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.68% 0.84% -21.05%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.56% 0.50% 11.32%
Two or More Races 0.44% 0.67% -41.44%
Hispanic 88.84% 87.60% 1.41%

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

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