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The meaning of Torres
1. Galician, Catalan, Spanish, Portuguese, and Jewish (Sephardic): habitational name from any of numerous places called Torres, all named with the plural of torre ‘tower’ (see Torre). As a Jewish name, it was often adopted 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. Compare De Torres. 2. Italian: habitational name from Torres in Belluno or Porto Torres in Sassari. In southern Italy the surname is sometimes of Spanish origin (see 1 above). Some characteristic forenames: Spanish Jose, Juan, Luis, Carlos, Manuel, Jesus, Francisco, Pedro, Miguel, Jorge, Raul, Rafael. Portuguese Ligia, Anatolio, Catarina, Paulo, Albeiro, Gonsalo, Joaquim, Lidio, Omero, Wenceslao.
Dictionary of American Family Names, 2nd edition, © Oxford University Press, 2022.
How common is the last name Torres in the United States?
Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the surname Torres has grown significantly in popularity from 2000 to 2010. The rank of this surname jumped from 50 to 37, indicating a 26 percent increase. In terms of numbers, the count of people bearing the Torres surname rose from 325,169 in 2000 to 437,813 in 2010, which translates to an impressive change of 34.64 percent. Similarly, the proportion of the Torres surname per 100,000 individuals also increased by 23.13 points.
|Proportion per 100k||120.54||148.42||23.13%|
Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Torres
The ethnicity distribution for the Torres surname according to the Decennial U.S. Census shows that the majority identify as Hispanic, with an increase from 91.16 percent in 2000 to 92.16 percent in 2010. Those identifying as White decreased slightly from 6.05 percent to 5.35 percent. A small proportion identifies as Asian/Pacific Islander with a slight increase recorded over the decade from 1.42 to 1.43 percent. Individuals identifying with two or more races reduced drastically from 0.53 percent to 0.28 percent, while those identifying as Black saw a minor decrease from 0.58 to 0.57 percent. Lastly, those identifying as American Indian and Alaskan Native diminished from 0.26 percent to 0.20 percent.
|Two or More Races||0.53%||0.28%||-47.17%|
|American Indian and Alaskan Native||0.26%||0.2%||-23.08%|
torres 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 Torres is Spanish & Portuguese, which comprises 41.5% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are Indigenous American (25.9%) and British & Irish (9.6%). Additional ancestries include French & German, Italian, Filipino & Austronesian, Senegambian & Guinean, and Angolan & Congolese.
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|Spanish & Portuguese||41.5%|
|British & Irish||9.6%|
Possible origins of the surname torres
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 Torres have recent ancestry locations all within Mexico.
|RECENT ANCESTRY Location||Percentage|
|Mexico City, Mexico||49.20%|
What torres 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 Torres is R-P311, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-P311 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include Q-M3 and R-M167, which are predominantly found among people with East Asian & Indigenous American and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Gonzalez, Rodriguez, Ruiz, Gutierrez, Perez, Sanchez, Herrera, Diaz, Silva, Garcia.
The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Torres surname are: A2, B2, H. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.
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.
What do people with the surname Torres 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.
Chocolate Ice Cream
Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.
"Torres" Surname 37.1%
23andMe Users 41.3%
When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.
"Torres" Surname 35.7%
23andMe Users 27.9%
Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.
"Torres" Surname 21.1%
23andMe Users 21.1%
A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.
"Torres" Surname 14.9%
23andMe Users 16.4%