Monterrosa last name popularity, history, and meaning

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

Meaning of Monterrosa

A habitational surname referring to someone from Monterroso, a municipality in the province of Lugo, Galicia, Spain.

Monterrosa, 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 Monterrosa surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Monterrosa in America

Monterrosa is the 14643rd most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Monterrosa surname appeared 2,032 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 people would have the surname Monterrosa.

We can also compare 2010 data for Monterrosa 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 14643 18209 -21.71%
Count 2,032 1,409 36.21%
Proportion per 100k 0.69 0.52 28.10%

The history of the last name Monterrosa

The surname Monterrosa has its origins in Spain, specifically in the region of Catalonia. It dates back to the medieval period, around the 12th or 13th century. The name is derived from the Catalan words "mont" meaning mountain and "rosa" meaning rose, suggesting a connection to a place or a person associated with a rose-covered mountain.

One of the earliest recorded instances of the name can be found in the Catalonian town of Montblanc, where a document from 1278 mentions a certain Ramon Monterrosa. This indicates that the name was already in use during that time period. It is believed that the name may have originated from a place name or a descriptive nickname given to someone living near a rose-covered mountain.

In the 14th century, the name appears in various historical records in the region of Valencia, indicating its spread across different parts of Spain. A notable figure from this era was Joan Monterrosa, a merchant and landowner who lived in the city of Valencia around 1350.

As the Spanish empire expanded, the name Monterrosa was carried to different parts of the world, including the Americas. One of the earliest known instances of the name in the New World is that of Pedro Monterrosa, a Spanish soldier who participated in the conquest of Mexico in the early 16th century.

In the 17th century, the name gained prominence in the region of Andalusia, where several members of the Monterrosa family held influential positions. One such individual was Diego Monterrosa, a prominent landowner and local politician in the city of Seville, who lived from 1625 to 1698.

Another notable figure bearing the surname Monterrosa was MarĂ­a Monterrosa, a renowned poet and writer from Granada, who lived between 1756 and 1820. Her work was widely celebrated during the Spanish Golden Age and contributed to the literary heritage of the region.

Throughout history, the Monterrosa name has been associated with various professions and fields, including military service, politics, literature, and business. While the name originated in Spain, it has since spread to other parts of the world, particularly Latin America, where it continues to be a prominent surname in countries like Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Monterrosa

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

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 Monterrosa was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 3.05% 62
Non-Hispanic Black Only 0.49% 10
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.39% 8
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native (S)% (S)
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races (S)% (S)
Hispanic Origin 95.72% 1,945

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

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 3.05% 4.05% -28.17%
Black 0.49% 0.50% -2.02%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.39% 0.43% -9.76%
American Indian and Alaskan Native (S)% (S)% (S)%
Two or More Races (S)% (S)% (S)%
Hispanic 95.72% 94.75% 1.02%

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

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