Last name: Lopez

This interesting surname, one of the most popular in the Spanish peninsula and South America, is almost certainly of Roman (Latin) origins. It derives from the ancient words "lupus" and the 5th century a.d. "lobo", meaning the wolf. This suggests that either the name is a nickname or more likely it is a tribal and originally a form of endearment. The popularity of the surname is such that it must have been given to a large number of people, so large that in general it has to relate to a tribe or clan. Certainly the early civilised peoples considered it a considerable honour to be so named. The wolf, along with, in particular, the bear, the lion, and the stag, are figure regularly in the early records both of surnames and coats of arms. In this case the wolf was highly regarded for its cunning and its bravery. Amongst the early recordings of the name taken from authentic church and civil registers, in both its home country and the New World of the Americas, are Catalina Lopez, see below, who married Diego de Palacios at Valladolid, and Alonso Juan Lopez, christened at Asuncion, Mexico, on February 8th 1637. Ramirez Lopes was recorded at Santa Catarina, Mexico, on September 6th 1709, and Aquida Josefa Lopez at San Diego, California, on January 21st 1789. The name is also recorded early in England, Dominicus Lopes marrying Jane Baker on September 23rd 1622 at St. Dunstan's, church, Stepney, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Catalina Lopez, which was dated June 20th 1566, at Santa Maria Magdalena, Valladolid, Spain, during the reign of King Philip 11 of Spain, Emperor of Mexico, 1556 - 1598. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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marie
wow ive been trying to find information to see if im tribal and this served a great purpose!

delsientas
Now
I know more about the Lopez name my grandma Was a Lopez and feel very interested in learning about the name

Richard Gallegos
My Wife's maiden name was Lopez from Socorro, NM Her Father was Alisandro & Grandpa was Nemecio Lopez from San Marcial, New Mexico

orlando lopez,
My last name somehow ended in Nicaragua, my mothers name is fanny lopez, her fathers name is lazaro lopez, I don't know my great grand parents, but I would like to know more about my history, plz email me at jsara10@gmail.com

anderson
I hear this name a lot.

Elisha lopez
Who was the first person with the last name López.

Isabelle Lopez
It is 4th on the list of Hispanic Surnames

Anton
According to the founding myth of Rome, the city was founded on 21 April 753 BC by twin brothers Romulus and Remus, who descended from the Trojan prince Aeneas[9] and who were grandsons of the Latin King, Numitor of Alba Longa. King Numitor was deposed from his throne by his brother, Amulius, while Numitor's daughter, Rhea Silvia, gave birth to the twins.[10][11] Because Rhea Silvia was raped and impregnated by Mars, the Roman god of war, the twins were considered half-divine. According to legend, Rome was founded in 753 BC by Romulus and Remus, who were raised by a she-wolf. The new king, Amulius, feared Romulus and Remus would take back the throne, so he ordered them to be drowned.[11] A she-wolf (or a shepherd's wife in some accounts) saved and raised them, and when they were old enough, they returned the throne of Alba Longa to Numitor.[12][13]

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