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Gender: surname
Pronunciation: peh-rez
Meaning: son of Pedro, burst forth
Related Names: Pedrez, Pedriz, Pedro, Peretz, Periz, Perrez, Peter, Peterson, Petrez, Petriz, Pédrez, Pédriz, Pérez, Périz, Pétrez, Pétriz

Length: 5 Gender: {{#if surname



Rank in 2000s: 0 0

Name: perez Origin: Spanish,,, Hebrew,,, Jewish,, Meaning (no case): son of pedro, burst forth

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The surname Perez is of Spanish origin and means “son of Pedro.”[1] Pedro is the Spanish equivalent of the name Peter, which means “rock.”[1] Perez may also be a variation of the Sephardic Jewish surname, Peretz.[1] Peretz means “bursting forth,” and was borne by one of Jacob’s grandsons in the Old Testament.[1] In the Sephardic tradition, Perez can be traced back to the 14th century in Spain, to a group of Iberian-born Jews who converted to Christianity.[1]

In Spain, the name Perez may be traced back as far as Visigoth times.[1]


Perez is a very common surname. In the United States, Perez ranked at number 44 on the list of most common surnames. The highest concentration of people with this last name is in California, followed closely by Texas, Florida and New York.[1] Within California, Perez ranks as the 11th most common surname.[1]

In Argentina, Perez is the 7th most common surname, and in France, the 69th.[1]


  • Because of the Sephardic history, many people with the name Perez may possibly be Crypto-Jews, that is, people whose families converted to Christianity during the Inquisition, but who kept a secret adherence to Jewish traditions.
  • According to Orthodox Hebrew tradition, one of the names of the Messiah is “ben Peretz,” meaning “son of Peretz.”[1]
  • There were 47 people with the last name Perez who served on the Confederate side of the Civil War, and 30 people who served on the Union side.[1]


  • Perez Hilton: famous blog
  • Perez, Quezon, Philippines
  • Perez, Santa Fe, Argentina


  • Rosie Perez: actress (born 1964)
  • Juan Beneyto Perez: writer
  • Danilo Perez: pianist and composer (Panama)
  • George Perez: comic book artist (born June 9, 1954)
  • Fabian Perez: artist


Author: Sarena Emily Levinson

Facts about PerezRDF feed
Gender surname  +
Length 5  +
Meaning son of Pedro, burst forth  +
Meaningnc son of pedro, burst forth  +
Name perez  +
Origin Spanish  +, Hebrew  +, and Jewish  +
Popularity 0  +
Pronunciation peh-rez  +
Rank in 2000s 0  +
Related Pedrez  +, Pedriz  +, Pedro  +, Peretz  +, Periz  +, Perrez  +, Peter  +, Peterson  +, Petrez  +, Petriz  +, Pédrez  +, Pédriz  +, Pérez  +, Périz  +, Pétrez  +, and Pétriz  +
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