Tijerina last name popularity, history, and meaning

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

Meaning of Tijerina

A Spanish habitational surname referring to someone from a place called Tijerina or Tejerina, likely derived from "teja" meaning "tile."

Tijerina, 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 Tijerina surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Tijerina in America

Tijerina is the 4114th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Tijerina surname appeared 8,626 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 Tijerina.

We can also compare 2010 data for Tijerina 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 4114 4358 -5.76%
Count 8,626 7,530 13.57%
Proportion per 100k 2.92 2.79 4.55%

The history of the last name Tijerina

The surname Tijerina has its origins in Spain and is derived from the Spanish word "tijera," which means "scissors." It is believed to have originated as an occupational surname, given to someone who worked as a scissor maker or seller.

The earliest known record of the surname Tijerina dates back to the 13th century in the region of Castile, Spain. It is mentioned in a document from the year 1285, which lists a person named Pedro Tijerina as a resident of the town of Valladolid.

In the 16th century, the name Tijerina appears in several historical records, including the Censo de Población de las Indias (Census of the Population of the Indies), which was conducted by the Spanish Crown in 1570. This census mentions several individuals with the surname Tijerina living in various parts of the Spanish colonies in the Americas.

One of the earliest and most notable individuals with the surname Tijerina was Hernán Tijerina, a Spanish conquistador who was born in Seville in 1510. He participated in the conquest of Mexico under Hernán Cortés and later served as a colonial administrator in the region of Yucatán.

Another prominent figure with the surname Tijerina was Juan Tijerina, a 17th-century Spanish missionary and explorer. He was born in Valladolid in 1625 and traveled extensively throughout the Americas, establishing several missions and settlements in what is now the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.

In the 18th century, the surname Tijerina is found in records from the Spanish colonial era in Texas and New Mexico. One notable individual from this period was José Tijerina, a rancher and landowner who was born in San Antonio, Texas, in 1745. He played a significant role in the development of the region's cattle industry.

During the 19th century, the surname Tijerina was carried by several individuals who were involved in the Mexican-American War and the subsequent annexation of the southwestern territories by the United States. One such individual was Miguel Tijerina, who was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1810 and served as a military officer during the conflict.

As the name Tijerina spread throughout the Americas, it also underwent various spelling variations, such as Tijerina, Tejerina, and Texerina. These variations often reflected regional pronunciation differences or adaptations to local languages and dialects.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Tijerina

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

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 Tijerina was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 6.78% 585
Non-Hispanic Black Only 0.16% 14
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.26% 22
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.22% 19
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 0.24% 21
Hispanic Origin 92.34% 7,965

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

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 6.78% 7.82% -14.25%
Black 0.16% 0.12% 28.57%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.26% 0.17% 41.86%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.22% 0.39% -55.74%
Two or More Races 0.24% 0.40% -50.00%
Hispanic 92.34% 91.10% 1.35%

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

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