Razo last name popularity, history, and meaning

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

Meaning of Razo

A Spanish surname derived from the word "raso," meaning smooth, flat, or even.

Razo, 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 Razo surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Razo in America

Razo is the 2960th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Razo surname appeared 12,125 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 people would have the surname Razo.

We can also compare 2010 data for Razo 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 2960 3671 -21.44%
Count 12,125 8,891 30.78%
Proportion per 100k 4.11 3.30 21.86%

The history of the last name Razo

The surname Razo has its origins in the Iberian Peninsula, specifically in the regions of modern-day Spain and Portugal, dating back to the medieval era. It is believed to be derived from the Latin word "rasus," meaning shaved or smooth, possibly referring to a physical characteristic or occupation of an ancestor.

One of the earliest recorded instances of the name Razo can be found in the medieval Spanish document known as the Becerro de las Behetrias, a census-like record from the 14th century. This document mentions several individuals with the surname Razo, indicating its presence in the region during that time period.

In the 15th century, there are records of a nobleman named Pedro Razo who owned land and property in the Spanish region of Castile. His descendants continued to use the surname and contributed to its spread throughout the region.

During the 16th century, the Razo surname appeared in various documents and records from the Spanish Inquisition, suggesting that individuals with this name were involved in the religious and political conflicts of that era.

One notable figure with the surname Razo was Juan Razo, a Spanish explorer and conquistador who participated in the conquest of the Americas in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. He accompanied Hernán Cortés on his expeditions to Mexico and played a role in the subjugation of the Aztec Empire.

In the 18th century, a prominent Portuguese scientist and mathematician named José Razo contributed significantly to the fields of astronomy and navigation. He was born in Lisbon in 1720 and made important calculations and observations that aided in the development of maritime navigation techniques.

Another individual of note was María Razo, a Spanish writer and poet who lived in the 19th century. Born in Seville in 1825, she gained recognition for her poetic works that explored themes of love, nature, and the human condition.

Additionally, the surname Razo has been associated with various place names and geographical locations in Spain and Portugal, such as the town of Razo in the Spanish province of Galicia and the village of Razo in the Portuguese region of Beira Alta.

Throughout history, the surname Razo has been spelled in various ways, including Raso, Razzo, and Razo, reflecting the linguistic and regional variations within the Iberian Peninsula and its former colonies.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Razo

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

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 Razo was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 5.20% 631
Non-Hispanic Black Only 0.28% 34
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 1.24% 150
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.44% 53
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 0.42% 51
Hispanic Origin 92.42% 11,206

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

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 5.20% 5.88% -12.27%
Black 0.28% 0.47% -50.67%
Asian and Pacific Islander 1.24% 1.39% -11.41%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.44% 0.47% -6.59%
Two or More Races 0.42% 0.62% -38.46%
Hispanic 92.42% 91.16% 1.37%

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

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