Ordaz last name popularity, history, and meaning

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

Meaning of Ordaz

A Spanish habitational surname referring to someone from any of several places called Ordás, derived from Basque "orda" meaning "forest clearing."

Ordaz, 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 Ordaz surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Ordaz in America

Ordaz is the 4578th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Ordaz surname appeared 7,753 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 Ordaz.

We can also compare 2010 data for Ordaz 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 4578 6070 -28.02%
Count 7,753 5,211 39.22%
Proportion per 100k 2.63 1.93 30.70%

The history of the last name Ordaz

The surname Ordaz is of Spanish origin, tracing its roots back to the 14th century. It is believed to have originated from the medieval Spanish word "orden," meaning "order" or "orderly," which was likely a descriptive nickname for someone of an orderly or organized nature.

In its earliest recorded instances, the name appeared in various legal documents and municipal records from regions such as Castile and Andalusia. One of the earliest known bearers of the surname was Pedro Ordaz, a Spanish conquistador who accompanied Hernán Cortés in the conquest of Mexico in the early 16th century.

The Ordaz surname also has ties to the Basque region of Spain, where it may have derived from the Basque word "orda," meaning "wild boar." This suggests that the name could have been used as a nickname for someone with a fierce or aggressive demeanor.

During the Spanish colonization of the Americas, the Ordaz surname spread across the New World, with notable individuals such as Diego Ordaz, a Spanish explorer and conquistador who led expeditions in present-day Venezuela and Colombia in the 1530s.

Another prominent figure bearing the Ordaz name was Juan Ordaz, a Spanish soldier and explorer who accompanied Francisco Vázquez de Coronado on his expedition to the American Southwest in the 1540s. Ordaz was instrumental in exploring and documenting the region that would later become part of New Mexico and Arizona.

In the artistic realm, José Clemente Ordaz Rodríguez (1862-1937) was a renowned Mexican painter and sculptor, known for his works depicting scenes from Mexican history and culture. His murals and sculptures can be found adorning various public buildings and monuments in Mexico City and other parts of the country.

Moving into the 20th century, Alfredo Ordaz Aguilar (1908-1986) was a Mexican politician who served as the Governor of the state of Puebla from 1957 to 1963. He was instrumental in implementing educational and infrastructure reforms in the state during his tenure.

These are just a few notable examples of individuals who have carried the Ordaz surname throughout history, showcasing its rich cultural heritage and diverse contributions across various fields.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Ordaz

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

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 Ordaz was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 3.79% 294
Non-Hispanic Black Only 0.18% 14
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.25% 19
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.08% 6
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 0.13% 10
Hispanic Origin 95.58% 7,410

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

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 3.79% 3.84% -1.31%
Black 0.18% 0.13% 32.26%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.25% 0.13% 63.16%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.08% 0.10% -22.22%
Two or More Races 0.13% 0.65% -133.33%
Hispanic 95.58% 95.14% 0.46%

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

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