Nolasco last name popularity, history, and meaning

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

Meaning of Nolasco

A Spanish surname derived from the Latin name "Velascus," meaning "raven" or "crow."

Nolasco, 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 Nolasco surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Nolasco in America

Nolasco is the 3102nd most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Nolasco surname appeared 11,609 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 Nolasco.

We can also compare 2010 data for Nolasco 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 3102 4803 -43.04%
Count 11,609 6,720 53.35%
Proportion per 100k 3.94 2.49 45.10%

The history of the last name Nolasco

The surname Nolasco is believed to have originated in Spain. It is derived from the Latin name Noëlaschus, which was a personal name meaning "feast of the Nativity". The earliest recorded instances of the name date back to the 12th century in Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain.

During the Middle Ages, the name Nolasco was commonly found in various parts of Spain, particularly in the regions of Catalonia, Valencia, and Aragon. It is thought to have been introduced into these areas by French-speaking settlers who arrived during the Reconquista, the centuries-long period of Muslim rule in the Iberian Peninsula.

One of the earliest recorded references to the name Nolasco can be found in the Cartulary of Poblet, a medieval manuscript from the 12th century that contains documents related to the Cistercian monastery of Poblet in Catalonia. This cartulary mentions several individuals with the surname Nolasco, suggesting that the name was already established in the region during that time.

The name gained particular prominence in the 13th century due to its association with Saint Peter Nolasco, a Frenchman who founded the Mercedarian Order in Barcelona in 1218. Saint Peter Nolasco (1182-1256) was a prominent figure in the Catholic Church and played a significant role in the redemption of Christian captives from Muslim rulers during the Reconquista.

Another notable figure with the surname Nolasco was Pedro Nolasco de Vázquez (1556-1637), a Spanish soldier and colonial administrator who served as the Governor of the Philippines from 1619 to 1624. He played a crucial role in the Spanish colonization of the Philippines and the establishment of Spanish rule in the region.

Other notable individuals with the surname Nolasco include:

  1. Fernando Nolasco (1510-1579), a Spanish conquistador and explorer who participated in the conquest of Mexico and later became a prominent landowner in New Spain.
  2. Joaquín Nolasco (1717-1787), a Spanish painter and engraver known for his religious works and portraiture.
  3. Mariano Nolasco (1795-1862), a Mexican politician and military leader who served as the Governor of Puebla and fought in the Mexican-American War.
  4. María Teresa Nolasco (1875-1959), a Peruvian writer and feminist activist who advocated for women's rights and education in Peru.
  5. José Nolasco (1910-1993), a Mexican artist and muralist known for his works depicting scenes of everyday life and social commentary.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Nolasco

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

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 Nolasco was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 3.85% 447
Non-Hispanic Black Only 0.33% 38
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 5.31% 616
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.11% 13
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 0.49% 57
Hispanic Origin 89.91% 10,438

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

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 3.85% 6.19% -46.61%
Black 0.33% 0.30% 9.52%
Asian and Pacific Islander 5.31% 6.26% -16.42%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.11% 0.19% -53.33%
Two or More Races 0.49% 0.61% -21.82%
Hispanic 89.91% 86.44% 3.94%

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

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