Last name: Gutierrez
This is a well recorded and popular surname in Spain. It is one of a group which were originally Germanic, and in this respect it could be said to date back to the 5th century a.d. At this time the Roman Empire who held Spain, was in a state of collapse, and into this vacuum came the German tribes known as the Goths, Huns and Vizigoths. This surname in Spain owes its origins to the Vizigoths. It derives from an ancient personal name 'Gunthair', the later German Gunther, and meaning 'Battle-sword'. Such names redolent of war, glory and control were very popular in this period of history known as 'The Dark Ages'. Later in most Christian countries they were later swamped by the religious revival names of the 12th century, which were of biblical origin. Of these the most famous are the apostles Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. In about the 8th century the Vizigoths returned to Germany, however they left behind some of Spains most popular names and later surnames, of which this is a prime example. Early recordings taken from surviving registers include Diego de Valdiva Gutierrez of Campanario, Badajos, in 1520, and Fernandez Gutierrez christened at Villacid de Campos, Valladolid, on October 4th 1623.
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I like this page it bring me full circle on my family genealogy ... Now I need to plan a trip to Spain ... trace back my roots.
I had no idea my last name was so cool or had so much meaning behind it
The Gutierrez has nothing to do with Gunther. The Goths were left Gotland about the time of or before the birth of Messiah. The name simply means "Sons of Gotland".
Gut ( from Got ) tierra (land) ez (son of). The refered themselves as Gotari, or Gutari, meaning the same thing.
does that mean we are german worriors??
@ Madeline Gutierrez, I was review the comments on this thread and I am glad to see other people with the Guiterrez last name and proud of it like I am. I joined your club on LinkedIn The Guild Guiterrez... I look forward in Networking with my other fellow Guiterrez's LOL!...
It's so cool that there's a lot of Gutierrezs' here, i feel like I have a connection with you guys
jorge jesus gutierrez
Happy New Year to all my Gutierrez Family......
Maybe that explains why all 5 of my brothers and myself were in the Marines (4) one in the USAF 32 years and the other in the Corp of Engineers.
so does that mean we all part Spanish or german
La Verne Vilhelm Gutierrez
Wow! A French,Scandinavian,Goth,Spanish Basque. ~Scandinavian mother & a Spanish basque father.