Orozco Last Name Popularity, Meaning and Origin

In this article we'll look at the origin and meaning of the surname Orozco and how popular it is in the United States. We'll also look at the race and ethnic origin of people in the United States who are named Orozco.

Orozco, like all of the 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 Orozco surname is from the 2010 census data.

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What is the Origin and Meaning of the Last Name Orozco?

The surname Orozco originated in the Basque-speaking region of the same name in Bilbao, Spain. It is a habitual name that would be used by someone who was born or lived in Orozco and their descendants. The word Orozco does not have another known meaning other than as a town name.

One of the earliest notable bearers of this family name is Alonso de Orozco Mena (1500-1591), a 16th century Catholic priest. Born in Toledo, Spain, Alonso joined the priesthood in his early 20s. Orozoco was a student of the future St. Thomas of Villanova and became fully ordained in 1527. In 2002 Alonso was officially canonized by Pope John Paul II.

Jose Clemente Orozco (1883–1949) is a Mexican caricaturist and painter. This member of the Orozco world family specialized in political murals and helped establish the Mexican Mural Renaissance. Known for the complexity of his murals, Orozco’s work centered around human suffering. Jose’s murals have adorned walls in major cities in Central America and the United States.

Olga Orozco (1920–1999) was an Argentine-born poet. A student of philosophy at Buenos Aires University, Olga began a career in writing after graduating. She started working for a newspaper company through which she published a number of works using various pseudonyms. Olga’s writings won her a number of literary awards throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

Where Does Orozco Rank in the Most Common U.S. Names?

According to the data, Orozco is ranked #512 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

The Orozco surname appeared 65,904 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 22.34 would have the surname Orozco.

We can also compare 2010 data for Orozco 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 512 690 -29.62%
Count 65,904 45,289 37.08%
Proportion per 100k 22.34 16.79 28.37%

Race and Ethnic Origin of People with the Last Name Orozco

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

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: "White only", "Black only", "American Indian and Alaskan Native only", "Asian and Pacific Islander only", "Two or More Races", and "Hispanic".

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Orozco was:

  • 3.40%, or 2,241 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic White Only".
  • 0.17%, or 112 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic Black Only".
  • 0.39%, or 257 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only".
  • 0.15%, or 99 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native".
  • 0.12%, or 79 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races".
  • 95.76%, or 63,110 total occurrences, were "Hispanic Origin".

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

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 3.40% 3.86% -12.67%
Black 0.17% 0.12% 34.48%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.39% 0.39% 0.00%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.15% 0.27% -57.14%
Two or More Races 0.12% 0.28% -80.00%
Hispanic 95.76% 95.07% 0.72%

Data Source(s)

All of the data on this page is sourced from the Decennial Census survey, from the United States Census Bureau.

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