Hispanic Last Names in the U.S.

Can you guess the most common last names of Hispanics in the United States? To make it easier, we give you the first letter as a clue.
Hint: Think especially of names ending in -ez (and -es).
Source: 2010 U.S. census via The Name Geek
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Last updated: September 3, 2021
First submittedJuly 12, 2012
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# Hispanics
 
Last Name
1,073,000
G
Garcia
1,027,000
R
Rodriguez
990,000
H
Hernandez
985,000
M
Martinez
813,000
L
Lopez
799,000
G
Gonzalez
634,000
P
Perez
570,000
S
Sanchez
# Hispanics
 
Last Name
527,000
R
Ramirez
403,000
T
Torres
399,000
F
Flores
356,000
R
Rivera
339,000
G
Gomez
322,000
D
Diaz
294,000
C
Cruz
291,000
M
Morales
# Hispanics
 
Last Name
290,000
R
Reyes
274,000
G
Gutierrez
267,000
O
Ortiz
233,000
C
Chavez
229,000
R
Ramos
221,000
R
Ruiz
218,000
M
Mendoza
216,000
A
Alvarez
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Level 39
Aug 18, 2012
i just thought of last names of hispanic baseball players and got 12
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Level 54
Aug 15, 2013
I was doing the same thing but only managed 11
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Level 62
Mar 7, 2018
I tried that too, but it didn't help much cause I soon realized that the only baseball player I know is Babe Ruth...
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Level 52
Aug 24, 2020
I just got Sanchez from Napoleon Dynamite, that's my knowledge of Latino last names
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Level 29
Aug 22, 2012
Names ending in -es are Portuguese, not Hispanic.
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Level 78
Aug 28, 2012
Let the U.S. Census Bureau know. ;-)
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Level 29
Sep 8, 2012
I couldn't care less about other countries' goverments opinions. I'm just telling you this fact because many of you don't know it.
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Level 66
Nov 15, 2012
No they're not. "Torres, Flores, Reyes, Morales, Ramos"...Those are actual words in Spanish. Maybe you're right for Gonzales, but not the others.
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Level 71
Jan 7, 2013
I've heard similar things said about Spanish surnames, i.e., Quiñónes is Puerto Rican, while Quiñónez is Mexican. I'm not so sure it's that cut-and-dried. And Hernán Cortés was certainly Spanish, so I doubt the Spanish/Portuguese distinction works either.
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Level 84
Jan 12, 2013
We don't know it because it's not true.
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Level 33
Jan 2, 2018
as someone with the last name Valdés, I can assure you that my last name is, in fact, Spanish in origin.
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Level 43
Aug 6, 2020
He probably meant Gonzales, Rodrigues, etc, those are indeed Portuguese
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Level 87
Jan 6, 2020
Cervantes was Portuguese all along?
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Level 68
Jul 31, 2020
Either way, the suffix seems to have originated with the Basques:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basque_surnames

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Level 83
Sep 3, 2021
On a related note, try taking People Word Answers Ending with -es!!!
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Level 84
Jan 12, 2013
I'm sure if I had taken this test 10 years ago when I worked in ER registration I would have got 100% easy.
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Level 8
Dec 5, 2013
I know 1-37 by heart I get 100% easily on this quiz
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Level 66
Jul 31, 2020
Interesting thing to learn XD XD XD
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Level 66
Oct 6, 2016
Completely and totally blanked. Tried a bunch of baseball players, but few of them actually worked.
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Level 84
Jan 6, 2017
No Fernandez is unbelievable.
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Level ∞
Apr 11, 2017
Fernandez is #39.
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Level ∞
Apr 11, 2017
Smith is #127.
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Level 62
Aug 6, 2017
That was much harder than I expected it to be.
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Level 59
May 26, 2019
Same.
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Level 70
Jul 31, 2020
2000 is kinda old. Just curious, is there any data from the 2010 census? And does it have any major differences from this?
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Level ∞
Sep 3, 2021
Updated. I hope they release 2020 data as well, but the Census Bureau is slow so it might be several years or maybe never.
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Level 58
May 5, 2021
How could I forget Gomez?
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Level 57
Oct 17, 2021
Can you accept Rodrigez for Rodriguez?
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Level 36
Oct 17, 2021
Finally. Knowing some Spanish and Portuguese footballers paid off.