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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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

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

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

Ari
My last name is Lopez! :D

Gari V.L.A.
Mine's too. Many surnames taken from animals are from jewish ancient origins. At the same time many spanish surnames with the "ez" and "es" sufix come from this origin, for instance the surname "Pérez".

Angel Lopez
You are right in a way for what i know. What i researched was that in spain last names were given depending on the fathers name. For example, Lopez came form a father whos name was Lope. another example would be Martinez, which came form a man named Martin, they simply added an "ez" at the end of the name...

Andrea
ramirez from ramiro, vasquez from vasco, rodriguez from rodrigo and son on

Lorena
Very interesting info. Thanks!

George Lopez
Very interesting and true.The origins are very clear.Spanish, Roman and the animal meaning lobo put together spells out the surname.

Mimi
As a genealogist (and Lopez is NOT my surname), Lopez was derived from the FRENCH ancestor who travelled with the Spaniards named Lopé. The EZ at the end of Lopez and other Spanish means "the son of" kind of like the O' in Irish names or the Mc/Mac in Scottish names. I will NOT accept that this surname is derived from a tribal name nor "Wolf." Lopé the French-Spanish explorer may have meant "Wolf" but the surname Lopez most definitely means they are the descendant of Lopé. Angel Lopez and Andrea are CORRECT in the assumption that "ez" is the son of Lopé. Just like Marquez is son of Marcos, Hernandez the son of Hernando, Perez the son of Pedro, Rodriguez the son of Rodrigo, Gutierrez the son of Gunther (of Visigoth/Germanic ancestry), Martinez the son of Martin and so forth...

Garret
Mimi, just what makes you an expert on this? I have searched this name and ALL have said it is from the word "Lupus" Wolf.

Lourdes
Mimi, my last name is Lopez, and I would like to look up more information regarding the French ancestor you make reference to. What was his first name? Thanks .......

the great
here in our land . the surname lopez is from the spain.

...ikjo
boats and hoes. boats and hoes gotta have me my boats and hoes

Jacob Sewell-Lopez

I've been looking and I found the same thing the name first came out of Spain some think we well only one person I know. That Lopez carry Aztecs blood line is true I dont believe that?