Sarabia last name popularity, history, and meaning

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

Meaning of Sarabia

A habitational surname referring to someone from any of several places named Sarabia in Spain.

Sarabia, 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 Sarabia surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Sarabia in America

Sarabia is the 4082nd most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Sarabia surname appeared 8,695 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 people would have the surname Sarabia.

We can also compare 2010 data for Sarabia 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 4082 5203 -24.15%
Count 8,695 6,170 33.97%
Proportion per 100k 2.95 2.29 25.19%

The history of the last name Sarabia

The surname Sarabia originates from Spain, with its roots dating back to the Middle Ages. It is believed to be derived from the Spanish word "saravia," which refers to an area near the town of Zamora, located in the northwestern region of the country.

Sarabia is considered a locational surname, indicating that the earliest bearers of this name hailed from or resided in the area of Saravia or a place with a similar name. The earliest recorded instances of the surname can be traced back to the 13th century, appearing in various medieval records and documents.

One notable historical reference to the Sarabia name can be found in the "Libro de la Montería" (Book of the Hunt), a 14th-century manuscript commissioned by King Alfonso XI of Castile. This document mentions several individuals with the surname Sarabia who were involved in hunting activities during that time.

In the 15th century, a prominent figure named Juan de Sarabia served as a counselor to King Juan II of Castile. Records indicate that he played a significant role in the royal court and was involved in various diplomatic endeavors.

During the 16th century, the Sarabia family gained prominence in the region of Extremadura, where they held significant landholdings and occupied positions of power. One notable member was Diego de Sarabia (1525-1598), a nobleman and military commander who participated in the conquest of the Canary Islands.

In the 17th century, the Sarabia surname spread to the Americas as a result of Spanish colonization. One prominent figure was Pedro de Sarabia (1580-1647), a conquistador who participated in the conquest of present-day Mexico and served as a governor in the region of Yucatán.

Another noteworthy individual was Alonso de Sarabia (1625-1697), a Spanish priest and scholar who made significant contributions to the study of indigenous languages and cultures in colonial Mexico.

Throughout the centuries, the Sarabia surname has been associated with various place names and locations across Spain, reflecting the geographic origins of different branches of the family. Some examples include Sarabia de Aliste, a municipality in the province of Zamora, and Sarabia de Sayago, a village in the province of Zamora, among others.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Sarabia

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

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 Sarabia was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 4.49% 390
Non-Hispanic Black Only 0.15% 13
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 3.78% 329
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.29% 25
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 0.36% 31
Hispanic Origin 90.94% 7,907

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

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 4.49% 4.55% -1.33%
Black 0.15% 0.16% -6.45%
Asian and Pacific Islander 3.78% 3.58% 5.43%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.29% 0.50% -53.16%
Two or More Races 0.36% 0.62% -53.06%
Hispanic 90.94% 90.58% 0.40%

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

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