Salcedo last name popularity, history, and meaning

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

Meaning of Salcedo

A Spanish habitational surname derived from any of the numerous places named Salcedo, meaning "willow grove."

Salcedo, 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 Salcedo surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Salcedo in America

Salcedo is the 1967th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Salcedo surname appeared 18,387 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 6 people would have the surname Salcedo.

We can also compare 2010 data for Salcedo 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 1967 2440 -21.47%
Count 18,387 13,593 29.98%
Proportion per 100k 6.23 5.04 21.12%

The history of the last name Salcedo

The surname Salcedo is of Spanish origin, traced back to the medieval period in the Iberian Peninsula. It is believed to have derived from the Basque word "saltze," meaning a willow grove or a willow thicket, suggesting that the name's earliest bearers may have lived near or worked in an area abundant with willows.

One of the earliest recorded instances of the name can be found in the Becerro de las Behetrías, a 14th-century manuscript that documented noble estates and properties in the Kingdom of Castile. This record mentions individuals with the surname Salcedo as landowners or vassals in various regions of northern Spain.

During the 15th and 16th centuries, the Salcedo family gained prominence in Galicia, a region in northwestern Spain. Notable figures from this period include Lope García de Salcedo (c. 1450-1520), a military commander who served under the Catholic Monarchs during the Reconquista and the conquest of the Canary Islands.

As the Spanish Empire expanded, the Salcedo name spread across the territories conquered by the Spanish Crown. One prominent figure was Diego de Salcedo (c. 1510-1568), a Spanish conquistador and explorer who played a significant role in the exploration and conquest of Chile.

In the 17th century, Juan de Salcedo (c. 1590-1668) was a Spanish military officer and governor of the Philippines. He is credited with establishing several settlements in the archipelago, including the city of Vigan in the northern Luzon region.

Another notable bearer of the name was Antonio María de Salcedo (1770-1838), a Spanish military officer and colonial administrator who served as the Governor of Puerto Rico from 1824 to 1827.

Over the centuries, the Salcedo surname has been associated with various place names and variations in spelling, such as Salceda, Salcedos, and Salzedo, reflecting regional linguistic influences and transcription practices.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Salcedo

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

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 Salcedo was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 4.60% 846
Non-Hispanic Black Only 0.21% 39
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 5.11% 940
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.27% 50
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 0.45% 83
Hispanic Origin 89.37% 16,432

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

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 4.60% 5.82% -23.42%
Black 0.21% 0.35% -50.00%
Asian and Pacific Islander 5.11% 5.11% 0.00%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.27% 0.26% 3.77%
Two or More Races 0.45% 0.74% -48.74%
Hispanic 89.37% 87.71% 1.87%

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

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