Quiles last name popularity, history, and meaning

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

Meaning of Quiles

A Spanish surname derived from the Latin word "aquilex," meaning "water collector" or "conduit manager."

Quiles, 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 Quiles surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Quiles in America

Quiles is the 5107th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Quiles surname appeared 6,858 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 people would have the surname Quiles.

We can also compare 2010 data for Quiles 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 5107 5631 -9.76%
Count 6,858 5,654 19.25%
Proportion per 100k 2.32 2.10 9.95%

The history of the last name Quiles

The surname Quiles originated in Spain during the medieval period. It is believed to have derived from the Latin word "aquila," meaning "eagle." This suggests that the name may have initially been given to someone who lived near an area frequented by eagles or had a crest or emblem featuring an eagle.

Quiles is a Spanish toponymic surname, meaning it was originally derived from a place name. It is thought to have originated in the region of Valencia, where there are several towns and villages with names containing the word "Quiles," such as Quiles de Caudete and Quiles de Castellón.

One of the earliest recorded instances of the surname Quiles can be found in the 15th-century census records of the Kingdom of Aragon. In 1492, a man named Juan Quiles was listed as a resident of the city of Valencia.

The surname Quiles has been associated with several notable individuals throughout history. One of the earliest was Pedro Quiles, a Spanish explorer and conquistador who participated in the conquest of the Canary Islands in the late 15th century.

During the 16th century, a man named Francisco Quiles was a renowned artist and painter in Seville, known for his religious works and portraits of Spanish nobility.

In the 18th century, Tomás Quiles was a prominent Spanish military leader who fought in the War of the Spanish Succession. He later served as the governor of the Spanish colony of Puerto Rico.

In the 19th century, José Quiles was a renowned Spanish poet and playwright, best known for his romantic works and contributions to the development of Spanish literature.

Another noteworthy individual with the surname Quiles was María Quiles, a Spanish educator and feminist activist who fought for women's rights and educational reforms in the early 20th century.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Quiles

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

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 Quiles was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 7.48% 513
Non-Hispanic Black Only 1.50% 103
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.64% 44
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.10% 7
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 0.19% 13
Hispanic Origin 90.08% 6,178

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

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 7.48% 6.92% 7.78%
Black 1.50% 1.15% 26.42%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.64% 0.35% 58.59%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.10% 0.11% -9.52%
Two or More Races 0.19% 0.41% -73.33%
Hispanic 90.08% 91.07% -1.09%

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

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