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The meaning of Lopez

1. Spanish (López): patronymic from the medieval personal name Lope ‘wolf’. This is one of the commonest of all Spanish surnames. In the US, it is the twelfth most frequent surname. Compare De Lopez. 2. Jewish (Sephardic): adoption of the Spanish surname (see 1 above) at the moment of conversion to Roman Catholicism. After the return to Judaism (generations later), some descendants retained the name their families used as Catholics. Some characteristic forenames: Spanish Juan, Manuel, Carlos, Luis, Jesus, Francisco, Pedro, Miguel, Jorge, Raul, Ramon, Mario.

Dictionary of American Family Names, 2nd edition, © Oxford University Press, 2022.

How common is the last name Lopez in the United States?

According to the Decennial U.S. Census data, the surname Lopez has increased in popularity over time. In the 2000 census, Lopez was ranked as the 21st most popular surname, with 621,536 individuals carrying it. By 2010, the surname had risen to the 12th rank, with an impressive count of 874,523, marking a significant increase of 42.86% in rank and 40.7% in count since 2000. Consequently, the proportion of people with the surname Lopez per 100,000 population also rose by 28.68%, from 230.4 to 296.47.

20002010Change
Rank#21#1242.86%
Count621,536874,52340.7%
Proportion per 100k230.4296.4728.68%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Lopez

The same Decennial U.S. Census data reveals the varied ethnic identity associated with the surname Lopez. The vast majority, 92.92%, identify as Hispanic, showing a slight increase of 1.54% from the 2000 figure. Those identifying as white decreased by 16.92% to 4.86% in 2010. A slight drop was noted among those who identify as Asian/Pacific Islander and Black, with changes of -1.92% and -6.56% respectively. There was a notable decrease of 51.92% in those reporting two or more races, while American Indian and Alaskan Native identifiers dropped by 19.15%.

20002010Change
Hispanic91.51%92.92%1.54%
White5.85%4.86%-16.92%
Asian/Pacific Islander1.04%1.02%-1.92%
Black0.61%0.57%-6.56%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.47%0.38%-19.15%
Two or More Races0.52%0.25%-51.92%

lopez ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Lopez is Spanish & Portuguese, which comprises 39.8% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are Indigenous American (28.6%) and British & Irish (10.3%). Additional ancestries include French & German, Italian, Filipino & Austronesian, Senegambian & Guinean, and Eastern European.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
Spanish & Portuguese39.8%
Indigenous American28.6%
British & Irish10.3%
Other21.3%
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Possible origins of the surname lopez

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Lopez have recent ancestry locations all within Mexico.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Jalisco, Mexico59.90%
Veracruz, Mexico59.90%
Michoacan, Mexico59.90%
San Luis Potosi, Mexico59.90%
Sinaloa, Mexico59.90%

What lopez haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Lopez is Q-M3, which is predominantly found among people with East Asian & Indigenous American ancestry. Haplogroup Q-M3 is descended from haplogroup Q-M242. Other common haplogroups include R-P311 and R-Z214, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Perez, Martinez, Garcia, Sanchez, Ramos, Morales, Castillo, Gonzales, Herrera, Flores.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Lopez surname are: A2, C1c, B2. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

lopezPaternal Haplogroup Origins Q-M242
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Your paternal lineage may be linked to The Ancient One

When two college students stumbled upon a human skull on the banks of the Columbia River, neither the students nor the police who responded to their 911 call could have imagined the archaeological significance of this rare discovery. The skull — along with about 300 other bone fragments found near Kennewick, Washington — belonged to a 9,000 year-old nomad who Native Americans have dubbed "The Ancient One." Based on skeletal clues, The Ancient One (also known as "Kennewick Man") likely swam, wielded a spear, and hunted coastal fauna for the greater part of his lifeInitial craniometric studies suggested he descended from ancient Japanese and Polynesian-like people and had little in common with living Native Americans. This claim — refuted by the Plateau tribes of the Pacific Northwest — became the center of a decades-long legal battle over the provenance of the remains. When The Ancient One's genome was finally sequenced in 2015, the evidence revealed he was genetically most similar to modern-day Native Americans. In fact, local tribes were found to be direct descendants of a population closely related to The Ancient One; in 2017, he finally received a proper Native American burial. This critical discovery helps illustrate a genetic continuity between ancient and modern-day Native Americans. Furthermore, his paternal line belonged to haplogroup Q-M3, the predominant lineage among Native Americans today.

Your maternal lineage may be linked to some of the first Americans

Though the Ice Age was beginning to retreat when your A2 ancestors first entered North America, there were still massive barriers blocking their way. Glaciers and inhospitable climate covered much of the continent, blocking entry into the interior. Nonetheless, researchers have found evidence that a wave of American founders migrated over 13,000 kilometers to reach southern Chile in only 2,000 years, a blink of an eye in the story of human migration! Their highway to the south was the coast of the Pacific, stocked with fish, diverse marine mammals, and other valuable resources in the rich kelp forests of the upper latitudes and in the abundant fresh-water rivers near the equator. Because of this rapid movement south, the A2 haplogroup and its diverse branches are found throughout North and South America.

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What do people with the surname Lopez have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.

Preferences

Lopez

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Lopez" Surname 36.1%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Lopez

Misophonia

When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.

"Lopez" Surname 33.9%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Lopez

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Lopez" Surname 22.7%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Lopez

Migraine

A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

"Lopez" Surname 14.0%

23andMe Users 16.4%