Talavera last name popularity, history, and meaning

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

Meaning of Talavera

A locational surname referring to someone from Talavera, a city in central Spain known for its pottery.

Talavera, 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 Talavera surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Talavera in America

Talavera is the 4559th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Talavera surname appeared 7,777 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 Talavera.

We can also compare 2010 data for Talavera 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 4559 5670 -21.72%
Count 7,777 5,615 32.29%
Proportion per 100k 2.64 2.08 23.73%

The history of the last name Talavera

The surname Talavera originated in Spain, tracing its roots back to the medieval era. It is derived from the Spanish town of Talavera de la Reina, located in the province of Toledo, Castile-La Mancha. The town's name is believed to have its origins in the Latin phrase "Talabriga Vetus," meaning "old town on the Tagus River."

Talavera de la Reina was an important ceramics center during the Middle Ages, renowned for its exquisite glazed pottery known as "Talavera pottery." This connection to the town's rich artisanal heritage may have contributed to the surname's widespread adoption by families associated with the pottery trade or residing in the region.

One of the earliest recorded instances of the surname Talavera can be found in the 13th-century "Libro de Repartimiento," a census document from the Kingdom of Valencia. This record mentions individuals bearing the name, indicating its usage during the Christian reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula.

Throughout history, several notable figures have borne the surname Talavera. Juan de Talavera (1492-1557) was a Spanish friar and the first Archbishop of Granada after the city's reconquest from the Moors. His tenure was marked by efforts to promote religious tolerance and education among the newly converted population.

Another prominent individual was Francisco Talavera (1504-1561), a renowned Spanish sculptor and architect who played a significant role in the Renaissance art movement in Spain. His masterpieces, such as the choir stalls in the Cathedral of Toledo, are considered architectural marvels.

In the realm of literature, Gaspar de Talavera (1592-1667) was a Spanish playwright and poet known for his contributions to the Spanish Golden Age. His works, including comedies and religious plays, were highly acclaimed during his lifetime.

The surname also gained recognition in the military. Diego de Talavera (1630-1701) was a Spanish naval officer and admiral who played a crucial role in the Battle of La Navidad during the War of the Spanish Succession.

Lastly, Ramón Talavera (1789-1867) was a Spanish painter and engraver renowned for his landscapes and religious works. His paintings adorned several churches and palaces in Spain, showcasing his exceptional talent and mastery of the Baroque style.

While these are just a few examples, the Talavera surname has been carried by individuals from diverse backgrounds and professions throughout the centuries, reflecting the rich tapestry of Spanish history and culture.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Talavera

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

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 Talavera was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 5.23% 407
Non-Hispanic Black Only 0.48% 37
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 4.26% 331
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.15% 12
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 0.54% 42
Hispanic Origin 89.34% 6,948

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

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 5.23% 6.54% -22.26%
Black 0.48% 0.48% 0.00%
Asian and Pacific Islander 4.26% 4.49% -5.26%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.15% 0.23% -42.11%
Two or More Races 0.54% 0.82% -41.18%
Hispanic 89.34% 87.44% 2.15%

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

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