|Pronunciation:||gar-SEE-ah, gar-THE-ah (Castillian)|
|Related Names:||Fox, Garces, Garcet, Garci, Garciaz, Garcies, Garcés, García, Garcíaz, Garsea, Garseaz, Garsia, Garsias, Garséaz, Garsía, Garsías, Garza, Gasset, Gassia, Gassía, Gracia, Gracie, Gracía, Guarsea, Guarseas|
ORIGIN AND HISTORY
The origin of this common surname is surprisingly vague. Some sources suggest that it derives from the Basque (Euskara) word hartz, which means "bear." Other sources suggest it is the Spanish version of the Old German name Gerald. Garcia may also derive from a medieval given name meaning "fox." The surname was likely given to people from one of the towns or regions in Spain named Garcia, though some of the earliest instances of it may be found in the Basque region of Navarre. People with the last name Garcia arrived in the New World as early as the 16th century, as explorers in Latin America.
Garcia is a very common surname. It ranked 18th in the United States, 4th in Argentina, and 15th in France.
According to WhitePages.com, Garcia ranks as the 16th most common surname in the United States. The highest concentration of people with the last name Garcia is in Texas, followed closely by California, Florida and New York. Within Texas, it is the 2nd most common surname— beaten only by the ubiquitous Smith.
Though Garcia may occasionally be given as a boy's first name, it has not been popular enough to make the top 1000 chart in the United States in any recorded year.
- September 29th is observed as a name day in the Catholic Church in honor of St. Garcia.
- St. Garcia is an obscure Catholic Saint who lived in the 11th century. He was an abbot and a military adviser to King Ferdinand I of Castile.
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a famous Columbian author and one of the most prominent writers of magic realism. His best known work is Cien Años de Soledad, or One Hundred Years of Solitude, first published in 1967. In 1982 he won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
- Garcia, Colorado
- Garcia, Tarragona, Spain
- García, Nuevo León, Mexico
- Garcia's Mexican Restaurant
- Garcia Jeans
- Garcia Media
- Garcia Custom Robot
- Garcia Street Books, Santa Fe, NM
- "Cherry Garcia": a Ben and Jerry's ice cream flavor named after psychedelic-rock legend Jerry Garcia.
- "Garcia nutans" is the name of an endangered plant native to Columbia.
- Andy Garcia: actor (born April 12, 1956, in Cuba)
- Carlos Garcia: baseball player (born October 15, 1967, in Venezuela)
- Federico Garcia Lorca: poet and playwright (born June 5, 1898)
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Columbian author (born March 6, 1927)
- Jerry Garcia: musician, lead guitarist and vocalist for The Grateful Dead (born August 1, 1942)
Author: Sarena Emily Levinson
|Meaning||bear, fox +|
|Meaningnc||bear, fox +|
|Origin||Spanish +, and Basque +|
|Pronunciation||gar-SEE-ah, gar-THE-ah (Castillian) +|
|Rank in 2000s||0 +|
|Related||Fox +, Garces +, Garcet +, Garci +, Garciaz +, Garcies +, Garcés +, García +, Garcíaz +, Garsea +, Garseaz +, Garsia +, Garsias +, Garséaz +, Garsía +, Garsías +, Garza +, Gasset +, Gassia +, Gassía +, Gracia +, Gracie +, Gracía +, Guarsea +, and Guarseas +|