A few weeks back we asked readers to suggest last names to be explored and explained. The surnames with the most requests happened to end in –ez. We like to make you happy. First, we need to touch on how many names originating in Spain function. 

Most Hispanic surnames, including those that end in –ez, fall into a few general categories.  Many family names are based on a character or physical trait describing the original bearer of the name. For example, if your last name is Delgado, it’s possible that your great-great-great grandfather was a skinny fellow. (Delgado means “thin” is Spanish.) 

Geographical surnames are also very common. These names are formed based on the location where a family lived — sometimes centuries ago. 

There are also occupational surnames, which also date back centuries. This is a category that many non-Spanish surnames fall into as well. Take Smith or Miller for example.

But as for the common suffix –ezpatronymic considerations are at play. These family names are formed by adding a suffix to the end of a father’s name. The suffix –ez means “descendant of.”

(The name with the most requests actually was quite presidential — Barack Obama. Learn what “Barack” and “Obama” literally mean, here.)

Here are the definitions and contexts of some of the most frequent –ez names:

Hernandez means “son of Hernando” or “son of Fernando,” which derives from the German name Ferdinand, or “bold voyager.” 

Gonzalez means “son of Gonzalo.” The name Gonzalo originates with the medieval name Gundisalvus. The word part gund means “war.” 

Perez means “son of Pero” and other versions of the name, such as Pedro and Petros. Pedro means “rock” in Spanish. It’s believed that the name comes from the apostle Simon, who Jesus called a rock, or foundation, of the church. The name may have also derived from “peral,” the name of a pear tree, or as a variation of the Sephardic Jewish surname Peretz. 

Gomez means son of Gome or Gomo. Gomme is the similar English surname. The Middle English word “gome” means “man.”

Gutierrez means “son of Gutierre,” which means “he who rules.” 

Lopez means “son of Lope.” Lope is a name that comes from Lupus, a Latin name meaning “wolf.”

 Now it’s your turn. Are there other last names you’d like us to elucidate? Start typing.

The National Cyber Security Alliance to Host Data Privacy Day 2012 Event Via Facebook Live

Manufacturing Close-Up January 28, 2012 The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a non-profit cybersecurity awareness and education organization and official coordinator of Data Privacy Day, announced that it will celebrate Data Privacy Day 2012 by hosting a panel-style forum on the intersection of privacy and security on January 26, from 9-11:45 a.m. ET at the George Washington University Law School.

According to a release, the event entitled, “The Intersection of Privacy & Security,” will feature U.S. Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill along with several industry privacy leaders and will be broadcast worldwide via Facebook Live the social media site’s official live streaming channel. here music notes facebook

The Company notes:

Data Privacy Day is an annual international awareness initiative that commemorates the signing of Convention 108, the legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection, which recognizes the individual’s right to protection of personal information as a fundamental freedom. Effort’s across the globe focus on educating people about the importance of protecting the privacy of personal information and promotes individual control over private data. NCSA leads Data Privacy Day with the help of official sponsors Intel and eBay, Inc. and partners and likeminded organizations. The January 26 forum is sponsored by NCSA, Comcast, eBay Inc., Intel, Facebook, AT&T and MasterCard Worldwide.

Julie Brill, commissioner of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will serve as keynote speaker. Two panel discussions moderated by Christopher Wolf, co-chair and founder of Future of Privacy Forum and partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP, will include panelists: David Hoffman, director of security policy and global privacy officer, Intel; Gerard Lewis, vice president, deputy general counsel and chief privacy officer, Comcast Cable; Ari Schwartz Senior Internet Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Commerce; Rick Buck, head of privacy GSI, eBay Inc.; Erin Egan, chief privacy officer, policy, Facebook; JoAnn C. Stonier, global privacy & data protection officer, MasterCard Worldwide; and Bob Quinn, senior vice president- federal regulatory & chief privacy officer, AT&T. musicnotesfacebook.com music notes facebook

“As people across the globe continue to integrate the Internet into their daily lives, it becomes increasingly important that everyone understands privacy in the digital age, how to safeguard their data and own their online presence,” said Michael Kaiser, executive director, National Cyber Security Alliance. “We are thrilled so many leaders in the field are participating in the event and extremely thankful that Facebook has donated the live stream to make the event available around the world.” Data Privacy Day is an annual International celebration designed to promote awareness about privacy and education about best privacy practices.

The National Cyber Security Alliance is a non-profit organization. Through collaboration with the government, corporate, non-profit and academic sectors, the mission of the NCSA is to urge a digital citizenry to use the Internet securely and safely protecting themselves and the technology they use and the digital assets we all share.

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  1. Isamar Vasquez -  April 17, 2014 - 2:03 pm

    Hi I read your article and was curious about the last name vasquez? also I wanted to ask you my reason for researching this is because I was told by someone that the reason why I have a Z in my last name is because in those times thats how a criminal would be identified in their name is this true?

  2. Vicente Guasch -  April 12, 2014 - 8:47 am

    I’m researching for the meaning and origin of the family name “Guasch”. I noticed that there are many of them living in Barcelona, Spain. Is it jewish?

  3. Cesar Cortez -  April 1, 2014 - 3:56 pm

    My last name is Cortez I’m so curious as to what it means

  4. RALPH GOMEZ -  February 5, 2014 - 5:06 pm

    please work on UMPIERRE,AND FARRIO…Have trouble finding anything on this names..

  5. Lazy Friggin Visigoths -  December 27, 2013 - 5:20 pm

    Hey guys, heres the 411 on the “EZ” :

    Spain was controlled by the Visigoths between the 5th and 8th centuries. However, the influence of the Gothic language (an East Germanic language) on Spanish was minimal because the invaders were already somewhat Romanized, were secluded in the upper echelons of society, and generally did not intermarry with the natives. Besides a few military words, Spanish borrowed the following from Gothic:

    The originally patronymic surname suffixes in -z (as in Díaz, Pérez, López, Ruiz, Muñoz, etc.) is from numerous Latinized Gothic genitives in -īcī, from original -iks.[1] Thus, Roderic(us) (→ Ruy) → Roderīcī ‘son of Roderick’ → Rodriz → Ruiz.

    Ralph Penny, A History of the Spanish Language, 2nd edn. (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2002), 16.

  6. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  November 21, 2013 - 4:54 am

    What about “Ebaugh”? Or any other last name ending in “-baugh”?
    And what about “Wilder”?

  7. monique -  October 17, 2013 - 11:07 am

    what does my name mean in poraches

  8. melinazebeautiful -  April 9, 2013 - 10:59 pm

    Guys Spanish surnames that end in ez are patronymic traditions that have visigothic origin. The visigoths were a Germanic tribe (goths) who moved into spain and established kingdoms after the roman empire fell :)
    You can read more, just google it :)
    I really like Spanish surnames, I think they are very pretty <3 I especially like Gutierrez and Fernandez :) as for Italian names I like Ferrari haha and all the onces that end in ci or li
    I think Spanish and Italians have the best names haha they are just so pretty

  9. ANTONIO -  January 22, 2013 - 8:36 pm

    anyone can tell me about last name TAMEZ and about REYES pls. email me,,atmez17@gmail.com ,,,,,, thanks

  10. Eric (expert on Jewish ancestry) -  January 19, 2013 - 9:02 pm

    If your last name ended with EZ then you have Jewish ancestry. During the Spanish Inquisition (1478 – 1834) The Jews were made to convert to Catholic or leave the country or be tortured. Many of the Spanish Jews had to convert in fear of losing their lives. The way the Church could distinguish between the Catholic and the “Jewish-Catholic” was to add the suffix EZ after their last name.
    You should look up your ancestry and you will see your ancesters were JEWS.

    Good news is that Christians got the Bible from the Jews and Jesus Christ (the Mesiah, Hebrew called Yeshua) was a Jew, circumcized as a Jew, preached in the Jewish Temple, and had a Bar Mitzvah on his thirteenth birthday. HE fulfilled the old testament. Therefore, now you can be a Jewish Christian or (Mesianic Jew).

  11. Lisa Peralta -  November 19, 2012 - 8:11 pm

    How about Peralta, Armendarez , and Villavicencio?? Please thanx for the info! 8)

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