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The Figueroa surname derives from a Spanish term that means fig tree.
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Kimberly Powell

Kimberly Powell is the author of ​​The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy, 3rd edition. She was previously the president of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Updated June 04, 2017

The Spanish surname Figueroa is a habitational name from any one of several small towns in Galicia, Spain, named Figueroa, from a derivative of figueira, meaning “fig tree.”

Figueroa is the 59th most common Spanish surname .


Surname Origin: Spanish

Where Do People With the FIGUEROA Surname Live?

While the Figueroa surname originated in Galicia near the border of Spain and Portugal, according to  Forebears  it is no longer as prevalent in that region as it is in many other Spanish-speaking countries.

The Figueroa last name ranks 18th in Puerto Rico, 38th in Chile, 47th in Guatemala, 56th in El Salvador, 64th in Argentina, 68th in Honduras, 99th in Venezuela, 105th in Peru and 111th in Mexico. Within Spain, Figueroa is still most prevalent in Galicia, according to WorldNames PublicProfiler . In the United States, the Figueroa surname is found in greatest numbers in the states of Florida, Texas, California, Arizona, New Mexico, and New York.

Famous People with the FIGUEROA Surname

  • Francisco de Figueroa – 16th century Spanish poet
  • Pedro José Figueroa – Colombian portrait painter
  • Cole Figueroa – MLB 2nd baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • – Venezuelan television host
  • Pedro de Castro y Figueroa – Spanish viceroy of New Spain
  • José Figueroa Alcorta – President of Argentina, 1906–1910
  • Francisco Acuña de Figueroa – Uruguayan poet and writer
  • Fernando Figueroa – President of El Salvador, 1907–1911

Genealogy Resources for the Surname FIGUEROA

100 Most Common Spanish Surnames
Have you ever wondered about your Spanish last name  and how it came to be?

This article describes common Spanish naming patterns, and explores the meaning and origins of 100 common Spanish surnames.

How to Research Hispanic Heritage
Learn how to get started researching your Hispanic ancestors, including the basics of family tree research and country specific organizations, genealogical records, and resources for Spain, Latin America, Mexico, Brazil, the Caribbean and other Spanish speaking countries.

Figueroa Family Crest – It’s Not What You Think
Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Figueroa family crest or coat of arms for the Figueroa surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted. 

The Figueroa DNA Surname Project
The Figueroa Family Project seeks to find common heritage through sharing of information and DNA testing. Any variant spellings of the Figueroa surname are welcome to participate.

FIGUEROA Family Genealogy Forum
This free message board is focused on descendants of Figueroa ancestors around the world. Search past queries, or post a question of your own.

FamilySearch – FIGUEROA Genealogy
Access over 1.2 million free historical records and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Figueroa surname and its variations on this free genealogy website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

FIGUEROA Surname Mailing List
This free mailing list for researchers of the Figueroa surname and its variations includes subscription details and a searchable archives of past messages. Hosted by RootsWeb. – FIGUEROA Genealogy & Family History
Explore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Figueroa.

The Figueroa Genealogy and Family Tree Page
Browse family trees and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the last name Figueroa from the website of Genealogy Today.

References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.

Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames.

Oxford University Press, 1997.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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