Torres Last Name Popularity, Meaning and Origin

In this article we'll look at the origin and meaning of the surname Torres and how popular it is in the United States. We'll also look at the race and ethnic origin of people in the United States who are named Torres.

Torres, like all of the 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 Torres surname is from the 2010 census data.

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What is the Origin and Meaning of the Last Name Torres?

The surname of Torres is of uncertain European origin but likely derives from the Latin word turris or “tower.” It is likely a locational name that comes from one of many place names in Spain, Portugal and Italy named Torres. It may also be a descriptive name for someone who owned a fortified castle or fortress that may have had one tower.

There are a number of other names throughout Europe that derive from the word turris including Tours, Latour and de la Torre. It is most certainly a name of pre-Christian origin.

Luís Vaz de Torres (1565; fl. 1607), was a maritime explorer who was thought to have been born in Spain. Little is known of his early life but Torres became an accomplished sailor and captain. Torres’ most notable achievement was to be the first European to chart the strait between Australia and the Island of New Guinea in 1606/7, this body was later named after Torres.

Diego de Torres Vargas (1590–1649) was born in San Juan Puerto Rico into a prosperous military family. Torres' father was a sergeant in the Spanish army. Educated in Spain at the University of Salamanca, Diego earned degrees in Theology and Canon Law. When he returned home to Puerto Rico Diego became an ordained priest. In 1647 Torres Vargas wrote the first book related to the history of Puerto Rico. The book recorded the history and natural history of the island.

Where Does Torres Rank in the Most Common U.S. Names?

According to the data, Torres is ranked #37 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

The Torres surname appeared 437,813 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 148.42 would have the surname Torres.

We can also compare 2010 data for Torres 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 37 50 -29.89%
Count 437,813 325,169 29.53%
Proportion per 100k 148.42 120.54 20.73%

Race and Ethnic Origin of People with the Last Name Torres

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

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: "White only", "Black only", "American Indian and Alaskan Native only", "Asian and Pacific Islander only", "Two or More Races", and "Hispanic".

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Torres was:

  • 5.35%, or 23,423 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic White Only".
  • 0.57%, or 2,496 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic Black Only".
  • 1.43%, or 6,261 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only".
  • 0.20%, or 876 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native".
  • 0.28%, or 1,226 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races".
  • 92.16%, or 403,488 total occurrences, were "Hispanic Origin".

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

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 5.35% 6.05% -12.28%
Black 0.57% 0.58% -1.74%
Asian and Pacific Islander 1.43% 1.42% 0.70%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.20% 0.26% -26.09%
Two or More Races 0.28% 0.53% -61.73%
Hispanic 92.16% 91.16% 1.09%

Data Source(s)

All of the data on this page is sourced from the Decennial Census survey, from the United States Census Bureau.

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