Platero last name popularity, history, and meaning

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

Meaning of Platero

A Spanish occupational surname referring to a silversmith or one who works with silver.

Platero, 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 Platero surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Platero in America

Platero is the 14814th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Platero surname appeared 2,002 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 Platero.

We can also compare 2010 data for Platero 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 14814 17334 -15.68%
Count 2,002 1,503 28.47%
Proportion per 100k 0.68 0.56 19.35%

The history of the last name Platero

The surname Platero is of Spanish origin, and it is believed to have emerged in the 14th century. The name can be traced back to the Castilian region of Spain, particularly in the provinces of Toledo and Ciudad Real. It is derived from the Spanish word "platero," which means "silversmith" or "jeweler."

The name's roots can be linked to the flourishing of the silversmithing trade in medieval Spain, particularly during the Moorish influence and the subsequent Christian reconquest. The Platero surname may have been adopted by individuals or families involved in this craft, indicating their occupation or trade.

Historical records from the 15th century mention individuals with the Platero surname, suggesting its widespread use during that time period. One notable example is Juan Platero, a renowned silversmith from Toledo, who was active in the late 15th century and is credited with creating intricate works of art for religious institutions and nobility.

In the 16th century, the Platero surname appeared in various manuscripts and documents, including records of land ownership and legal transactions. During this period, the name was also found in areas such as Andalusia and Extremadura, indicating the spread of the Platero family across different regions of Spain.

One prominent figure bearing the Platero surname was Alonso Platero (c. 1530-1596), a Spanish explorer and navigator who accompanied the expeditions of Juan de la Cosa and Alonso de Ojeda to the coasts of South America and the Caribbean.

Another notable individual was María Platero (1575-1643), a Spanish nun and mystic who founded the Convent of the Immaculate Conception in Écija, Seville. She was renowned for her religious devotion and was beatified by the Catholic Church in 1852.

In the 18th century, the Platero surname gained further recognition with the birth of Juan Platero y Torres (1715-1788), a renowned Spanish architect and sculptor. He was responsible for designing and constructing several churches and buildings in Seville, including the iconic Palacio de las Dueñas.

The 19th century saw the rise of Gaspar Platero Gutiérrez (1822-1891), a Spanish politician and lawyer who served as a deputy in the Spanish parliament and played a significant role in the political landscape of the time.

Throughout its history, the Platero surname has been associated with various occupations and professions, reflecting the diverse backgrounds and accomplishments of those who bore this name.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Platero

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

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 Platero was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 3.25% 65
Non-Hispanic Black Only (S)% (S)
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only (S)% (S)
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 43.06% 862
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 1.50% 30
Hispanic Origin 51.45% 1,030

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

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 3.25% 4.59% -34.18%
Black (S)% (S)% (S)%
Asian and Pacific Islander (S)% (S)% (S)%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 43.06% 52.16% -19.11%
Two or More Races 1.50% 0.86% 54.24%
Hispanic 51.45% 41.58% 21.22%

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

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