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What is the origin of the name Juarez in Zacatecas, Mexico?

Author : Lili

Submitted : 2018-02-13 00:05:12    Popularity:     

Tags: Juarez  origin  Mexico  Zacatecas  

My boyfriends last name is Juarez and his family is from Zacatecas going back many generations. How did his family end up getting the last name Juarez? I know so many have that last name especially northern Mexico and the southwest and it costs to do a fa

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All surnames are words, they all come from language origins taken from the language heard, spoken or which influenced the people, so a Spanish surname the Juarez name is a version of the name Suarez, as people in Mexico were invaded by the Spanish and at the time of taking or being given surnames they chose that surname, it it an occupational surname and means "refers to a herder of swine/pigs"

The same as it is in any other Spanish-speaking country.

Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press, says:

Juarez Name Meaning
Spanish (Juárez): regional variant of Suárez (see Suarez).

Suarez Name Meaning
Spanish (Suárez): occupational name for a swineherd, Latin Suerius. Compare Portuguese Soares.

So, in the middle ages, a swineherd named "Juan" took the surname "Suarez" to distinguish himself from Juan son of Martin (Martinez) and Juan the carpenter (I don't know what the Spanish for "Carpenter" is.) Other swineherds with other given names in other places also took the name. It morphed into Juarez in some regions. One of those swineherd's descendants became a Mexican hero, and the city of "El Paso Del Norte" was renamed "Ciudad de Juarez" in 1888 in honor of Benito Juarez.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ciudad_Ju%...
https://www.britannica.com/place/Juarez-...
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> it costs to do a family history search
Familysearch.org is free, although you have to register. They don't try to convert you, and they don't spam you. They have some, not gazillions, of records from Mexico. A very few of the birth records list the parents AND the grandparents. If you find one of those, you've struck genealogical gold.

It's a place name, and place names very commonly become surnames. A person from that place a long time ago would have been called something like "Juan from Juarez," and ultimately that became "Juan Juarez". All of the descendants would have borne the name, too. So, someone -- maybe more than one someone -- from Juarez settled in Zacatecas, perhaps just as natives were acquiring surnames that referred to their origins or looks or professions, etc.

Many places in Mexico ended up with Spanish names, obviously

Have him try ancestry.com. It doesn't cost much to join.



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