Orosco last name popularity, history, and meaning

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

Meaning of Orosco

Derived from the Basque place name Orozko, meaning "place of bitter water" or "place of yellow soil."

Orosco, 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 Orosco surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Orosco in America

Orosco is the 4273rd most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Orosco surname appeared 8,313 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 Orosco.

We can also compare 2010 data for Orosco 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 4273 4210 1.49%
Count 8,313 7,802 6.34%
Proportion per 100k 2.82 2.89 -2.45%

The history of the last name Orosco

The surname Orosco originated in Spain and can be traced back to the 11th century. It is believed to have derived from the Spanish word "oropesa," which means "golden weight" or "weight of gold." This suggests that the name may have been associated with people involved in the weighing or trading of gold or other precious metals.

The name Orosco was first recorded in the Basque region of northern Spain, where it was commonly found in areas such as Navarra, Álava, and Guipúzcoa. One of the earliest documented references to the name comes from a 12th-century manuscript mentioning an individual named "Orosco de Vitoria" from the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz in Álava.

During the 13th and 14th centuries, the surname Orosco began to spread throughout Spain, particularly in regions like Castile and Andalusia. It is believed that some members of the Orosco family may have been among the Spanish conquistadors who explored and colonized parts of the Americas in the 15th and 16th centuries.

One of the earliest recorded individuals with the surname Orosco was Diego de Orosco, a Spanish soldier and explorer born around 1480. He is known for his involvement in the conquest of Peru under Francisco Pizarro and his participation in the founding of the city of Trujillo in 1535.

Another notable figure with the surname Orosco was Pedro de Orosco, a 16th-century Spanish soldier and administrator who served as the governor of the Philippine Islands from 1590 to 1593. He played a significant role in the Spanish colonization of the Philippines and the establishment of Spanish settlements in the region.

In the 17th century, Juan Orosco y Covarrubias (1585-1656) was a prominent Spanish Catholic prelate who served as the Archbishop of Manfredonia in Italy and later as the Bishop of Guadix in Spain.

In the 18th century, Antonio Orosco (1717-1792) was a Spanish painter and engraver known for his religious works and portraits. He was born in Cadiz and spent much of his career in Madrid, where he worked for the Spanish royal court.

Towards the end of the 19th century, Francisco Orosco (1864-1924) was a Mexican revolutionary and military leader who played a significant role in the Mexican Revolution. He fought alongside Pancho Villa and held various military and political positions during and after the revolution.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Orosco

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

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 Orosco was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 6.63% 551
Non-Hispanic Black Only 1.00% 83
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 1.00% 83
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 1.46% 121
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 0.67% 56
Hispanic Origin 89.25% 7,419

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

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 6.63% 6.37% 4.00%
Black 1.00% 0.76% 27.27%
Asian and Pacific Islander 1.00% 0.55% 58.06%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 1.46% 1.60% -9.15%
Two or More Races 0.67% 0.70% -4.38%
Hispanic 89.25% 90.02% -0.86%

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

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