Sevilla last name popularity, history, and meaning

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

Meaning of Sevilla

A habitational surname indicating a person from the city of Seville in southern Spain.

Sevilla, 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 Sevilla surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Sevilla in America

Sevilla is the 3958th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Sevilla surname appeared 8,980 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 Sevilla.

We can also compare 2010 data for Sevilla 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 3958 5132 -25.83%
Count 8,980 6,281 35.37%
Proportion per 100k 3.04 2.33 26.44%

The history of the last name Sevilla

The surname Sevilla originated in Spain, specifically in the region of Andalusia, where the city of Seville is located. The name can be traced back to the 8th century when the region was under Moorish rule, and the city was known as Ishbiliya or Seville.

The name Sevilla is derived from the Latin word "Hispalis," which was the Roman name for the city of Seville. During the Moorish occupation, the name evolved into "Ishbiliya," and eventually, the Spanish version "Sevilla" became the surname for those hailing from this region.

One of the earliest recorded instances of the surname Sevilla can be found in the Repartimiento de Sevilla, a document from the 13th century that recorded the distribution of land and property after the Christian conquest of the city in 1248. This document lists several individuals with the surname Sevilla, indicating their connection to the city.

In the 15th century, the name Sevilla gained prominence with the explorer and navigator Juan de Sevilla, who was born in the city around 1450. He accompanied Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the Americas in 1493 and played a crucial role in the exploration and mapping of the Caribbean islands.

Another notable figure with the surname Sevilla was Diego de Sevilla, a Spanish painter who lived in the 16th century. He was known for his religious works and is considered one of the leading artists of the Sevillian Renaissance.

During the 16th and 17th centuries, the surname Sevilla spread beyond the region of Andalusia as individuals migrated to other parts of Spain and the Spanish colonies in the Americas. One prominent example is Pedro de Sevilla y Solís, a Spanish conquistador who participated in the conquest of Mexico and served as the governor of the province of Panuco from 1564 to 1568.

In the 18th century, José Sevilla y Munárriz, a Spanish military engineer and architect, made significant contributions to the fortifications and urban planning of various cities in Spain and its overseas territories.

As the surname Sevilla spread across the Spanish-speaking world, it underwent slight variations in spelling, such as Sevilla, Sevillo, or Sevilla y (followed by a second surname). These variations often reflected regional differences or the adoption of additional surnames through marriage or inheritance.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Sevilla

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

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 Sevilla was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 7.64% 686
Non-Hispanic Black Only 0.45% 40
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 14.41% 1,294
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.20% 18
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 1.04% 93
Hispanic Origin 76.27% 6,849

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

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 7.64% 7.86% -2.84%
Black 0.45% 0.56% -21.78%
Asian and Pacific Islander 14.41% 15.38% -6.51%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.20% 0.22% -9.52%
Two or More Races 1.04% 1.48% -34.92%
Hispanic 76.27% 74.49% 2.36%

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

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