13 Things You Should Know If Your Last Name Is García
It's one of the most popular names in the Spanish-speaking world — but where does it come from, and what does it mean?
The Garcías are the bosses of Spain; in that country, it's the most common last name.
Around 1.5 million Spaniards have the surname García, which means there are 32 Garcías per every 1,000 residents.
It's popular on the other side of the Atlantic, too. As of 2010, García was the sixth-most common last name in the United States.
Meanwhile, it's the fourth-most popular name in Latin America.
You're not doing too badly in the world rankings either: It's the 46th-most popular last name.
Its origins date back to Lower Navarre, a historical region in the French Basque Country.
And the first references to this last name date back to...
But its origins are so remote that its origin is not at all clear; the most common theory is that it derives from "gaztea" or "gartzia," which means "young" in the Basque language.
Competing theories suggest it could come from a Germanic word for "war" — so, meaning young warrior — or from the Visigothic words "garxa" or "garcha," meaning "graceful prince."
If you've ever wondered what your medieval coat of arms would look like...here it is.
There is a town called García in Nuevo León, Mexico.
Whatever the name's owner might have to say on the matter, García ought to an acute accent on the "i."
And, lastly, there are 8,176,462 people with the last name García in the world. That's more than the population of Austria, Honduras, or Bulgaria!
This post was translated from Spanish.
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