Surname Meaning, Origin, and Etymology
Spain is a land that has been the place of birth to many surnames, some of the have belonged to noble families during the medieval age. One of these last names is Gutierrez which counts on a high popularity in the Iberian nation. However, even when it is listed as a Spanish surname, thanks to its place of origin, it is actually the last name that comes from the Visigoth that inhabited the Iberian Peninsula after the fallen of the Roman Empire, which had this region under its domain.
This tribe of barbarians occupied this lands from the 5th century until the 8th century, and at the time of leaving, they left behind aspects of their culture such as their names. Gutierrez comes from the Old Germanic word “Gunthair” which later evolved in the name of “Gunther” and it can be translated into English as “battle-sword”. Gunther was translated into Spanish as Gutierr and then the suffix “ez” a feature of the patronymic names, was added to point that its carrier was the “son of Gutierr”, which is the meaning of Gutierrez.
As it happens with other patronymic surnames, the total of the users of Gutierrez is not part of the same family, because the only necessary thing so it appears was that there was a Gutierr in the family so his children would take the last name. The oldest record of this last name belongs to Payo Gutierrez from the village of Navia in Asturias, Spain, who was a good friend of King Ramiro around 774 A.D.
Gutierrez is a surname that has several spelling variations and given its origin is not something rare. This last name has passed for different translations because it is part of a language that is considered as foreign in its region of origin. There were also different reasons for a surname to have spelling variations such as the lack of grammatical rules in many European languages from the middle age, the mix of languages that was common during that period in Europe and the fact that many scribes wrote the words according to how they hear them, so each one would write them differently. Some of the most frequent spelling variations for Gutierrez are: Gutiérrez, Gutierrez, Guter, Gutier, Gutierre, Guterre, Guterres, Gut, Goter, Gauter, Gualter, Galter, Gulter, Baltar, Gutérriz, Guterreiz, Gotérriz, Goterriz, Guteres, Gútrez, Gutrez, Gutérrez, Guterrez, Baltériz, Balteriz and Baldériz.
It is necessary to remember the high relevance of the accent mark in Spanish because its presence or absence can create two different words, that is why Gutiérrez and Gutierrez are considered two different spelling variations.
Popularity & Geographic Distribution
Gutierrez is a surname that has reached many countries, most of them Spanish-speaking, thanks to its origin in Spain. According to the census of 2014, it is the 209th most common surname in the planet and it counts on approximately 2,293,824 bearers. It is most prevalent in Mexico and it has its highest density in Nicaragua. The second country with the biggest amount of Gutierrez is Colombia, and the third one is Spain.
Early Bearers of the Surname
Thanks to the popularity of the surname, there are good records of old bearers for Gutierrez, such as Diego de Valdiva Gutierrez of Osón Gutiérrez who had privileges during the reign of King Sancho I (935-966 a.d.) in León, Spain, Pedro Gutierrez during the reign of King Alfonso V of Leon, who held the crown from 999 until 1028 a.d., the Count Nuño Gutierrez who served under King Alfonso VI, who was king from 1065 until 1109, Campanario, Badajos in 1520 and Fernandez Gutierrez who was made Christian in Valladolid on October 4, 1623.
History, Genealogy, and Ancestry
In South America, there are several records of many branches of the surname Gutierrez. One of them started with José Gutiérrez Gallardo who was born in Samo Bajo, Chile and was a landowner. He got married twice, the first time to María Rivera de la Puebla and they had ten children, after María died he got married again to María Josefa Cisternas y Garín and had one daughter. These children were: María Isabel Guitérrez Rivera who was born in 1744 and got married to Antonio Galleguillos, they didn’t have any children, Miguel Gutiérrez Rivera who was born on May, 1747 and got married to María Leocadia Valdiva Cisternas, daughter of Pablo Valdivia y López Gatica and María Josefa Cisternas y Garín, and had one daughter, Dolores Gutiérrez Valdivia who got married to José Lucas Cortés.
The third child of José Gutiérrez Gallardo and María Rivera de Puebla was Juan Gutiérrez Rivera who was born on February 8, 1749 and had two wives, the first one was María del Pilar Casanova Roco and after she died he got married for a second time to María Mercedes Valdivia Cisternas. Juan had four children from his first marriage, these were María Josefa Gutiérrez Casanova who was born on October of 1772, José Antonio Guitérrez Casanova who was born on October of 1774, Antonio Gutiérrez Casanova who was born on April of 1776 and Bernardo Gutiérrez Casanova who was born in 1779 in Samo Bajo.
Bernardo got married to Josefa Pizzaro Peña on May 5, 1801, then she died and he got married to Petronila Pizarro de la Cerda in 1818. Bernardo Gutiérrez Casanova had 14 children, the first one was Cristóbal Gutiérrez Pizarro who got married to Josefa Aguirre and had six children, then she died and he got married again to Dolores Darrigrande Cuello. These children were Justo Gutiérrez Aguirre who was born on July 28, 1831, got married to Juana Rivera Rivera and had one son, Alejandro del Carmen Gutiérrez Rivera, then there were Vicente Gutiérrez Aguirrez who was born on April of 1835, Pedro Gutiérrez Aguirre who was born in 1838 and got married the firs time to Juana Rivera Miranda and the second to María Miranda Vigorena. Pedro had three children, the first one was Pedro Antonio Gutiérrez Rivera who got married to Fresia Rojas Callejas and had nine children Ramona Zunilda Gutiérrez Rojas, Rosa Celia Gutiérrez Rojas, Camilo del Carmen Gutiérrez Rojas, Primitiva del Carmen Gutiérrez Rojas, María Virginia Gutiérrez Rojas, Manuela Herminia Gutiérrez Rojas, Mercedes Dorila Gutiérrez Rojas and Ramón Luis Gutiérrez Rojas. The second child of Pedro Gutiérrez Aguirre was Juan Francisco Gutiérrez Rivera and Lucio Gutiérrez Rivera.
The rest of the children of Cristóbal Gutiérrez Pizarro were Bruno Gutiérrez Aguirre who got married to Petronila Henríquez on April 4, 1864, Rufina Gutiérrez Aguirre who got married to Francisco Pizzaro Julio on March 28, 1850, and Eusebio Gutiérrez Aguirre who got married to Carmen Díaz Pizarro.
The second child of Bernardo Gutiérrez Casanova and Josefa Pizarro Peña was José Doming Gutiérrez Pizarro who was born in 1805 and got married on May 12, 1829 to Micaella Galleguillos Cortés, and had three children, Teodoro Gutiérrez Galleguillos, José Domingo Gutiérrez Galleguillos and Guillermo Gutiérrez Galleguillos.
Continuing with the children of Bernardo and Josefa there were Estanislao Gutiérrez Pizzaro, Bernarda Gutiérrez Pizarro, Mercedes Gutiérrez Pizarro, Calixto Gutiérrez Pizarro, Francisco Gutiérrez Pizarro, Carmen Gutiérrez Pizarro and Gregorio Gutiérrez Pizarro.
The mother of the rest of the children of Bernardo was Petrolina Pizzaro de la Cerda and they were Gregorio del Carmen Gutiérrez Pizarro who got married to Jacinta del Castillo Callejas, daughter of José María del Castillo y Juana Callejas, and with her he had three children Bernardo Gutiérrez del Castillo, Tereza Gutiérrez del Castillo, and Juan Pablo Gutiérrez del Castillo. Then, there was Santiago Gutiérrez Pizarro who got married to Juana Ochoa and had two sons, Wenceslao Gutiérrez Ochoa and Santiago Gutiérrez Ochoa. Ramón Gutiérrez Pizarro is the next son of Bernardo and Petrolina, he got married to Manuela Sepúlveda and had two children, Víctor Gutiérrez Sepúlveda and Mauricio Gutiérrez Sepúlveda. Then there was Lorenza Gutiérrez Pizarro and Juan de la Mata Gutiérrez Pizarro who got married to Rosa Díaz Pacheco and had five children.
The children of Juan de la Mata and Rosa were Francisca del Carmen Gutiérrez Díaz, Juan Gutiérrez Díaz, Ester Gutiérrez Díaz, Alfredo Gutiérrez Díaz who got married to Mercedes Velásquez Urrutia and had seven children, Eugenia del Carmen Gutiérrez Velásquez, Alfredo Guadalupe Gutiérrez Velásquez, Juan Ruperto Gutiérrez Velásquez, María Mercedes Gutiérrez Velásquez, Jesús Antonio Gutiérrez Velásquez, Blanca Alejandrina Gutiérrez Velásquez and Alberto Horacio Gutiérrez Velásquez. The fifth son of Alfredo Gutiérrez Díaz was Ramón Robustiano Gutiérrez Díaz who got married Rosa Díaz and after her died he got married to Josefa Vega Venegas, his children were Ramón Gutiérrez Vega, Ismael, Gutiérrez Vega, Pedro Gutiérrez, Luis Alberto Gutiérrez Galleguillos and Juan Nicolás Gutiérrez Galleguillos.
The last three children of Bernardo and Petronila were Candelaria Gutiérrez Pizarro, Antonio Gutiérrez Pizarro, Delfín Gutiérrez Pizarro.
The other children of José Gutiérrez Gallardo and María Rivera de la Puebla were María de la Trinidad Gutiérrez Rivera who got married to Juan Galleguillos and then to Pedro Bautista Valdivia Cisternas, Magdalena Gutiérrez Rivera who got married to Pedro Cepeda Rodríguez, Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez Rivera who became a priest, Teresa Gutiérrez Rivera, Fray Eusebio Gutiérrez Rivera, Manuel Gutiérrez Rivera and José Gutiérrez Rivera who got married to Teresa Aliaga Rojas and nine children.
Those children were María Gutiérrez Aliaga, María Antonia Gutiérrez Aliaga, Manuel José Gutiérrez Aliaga who got married to Carmen Cortés Casanova and had three children Margarita Gutiérrez Cortés, José Antonio Gutiérrez Cortés and Rosa Gutiérrez Cortés. The rest of the children of José Gutiérrez Rivera and Teresa Aliaga Rojas were, Socorro Gutiérrez Aliaga, Carmen Gutiérrez Aliaga, Diego Gutiérrez Aliaga, Candelaria Gutiérrez Aliaga, Faustino Gutiérrez Aliaga and Francisco Gutiérrez Aliaga.
The daughter of José Gutiérrez Gallardo and María Josefa Cisternas y Garín was Clara Gutiérrez y Cisternas who got married to Bernardo Cortés y Díaz, son of Pedro Cortés y Rojas and Teresa Alvarez-Díaz y Araya.
Another line of Gutiérrez belongs to Pedro Gutiérrez de Mier y Arce who was born in Santander, Spain and joined the military. Then he moved to Chile, became a landowner and got married to Mencía Rasura y Negrete, daughter of Nuño Hernández Rasura Salomón and Francisca Negrete. The first child of Pedro and Mencía were Fernando de Mier y Arce RAsura who got married to Ana Fernández Gallardo y Arias de Molina and had seven children, Pedro Mier y Arce y Fernández Gallardo who got married to Maria de la Barra y Benavides, and after her death, he got married again to Catalina de Silva y Carvajal. He had two children from his first marriage, they were Fernando de Mier y Arce y de la Barra who got married to Catalina Fernández Gallardo y Lisperguer and Ana de Mier y Arce de la Barra who got married to Alonson de Córdova Figueroa y Salgado de Rivera.
The rest of the children of Ferando de Mier y Arce Rasura were Ana Mier y Arce y Fernández Gallardo, María Mier y Arce Fernández Gallardo, Mencía Gutiérrez de Mier y Arce y Fernández Gallardo, Petronila Mier y Hacer y Fernández Gallardo, Antonia de Mier y Fernández Gallardo and Doming Mier y Arce y Fernández Gallardo.
The other thre children of Pedro Gutiérrez de Mier y Arce were: Pedro Gutiérrez de Arce, Juan de Arce and Ana Gutiérrez de Mier de Arce.
Early American and New World Settlers
Some of the first bearers of Gutiérrez who arrived to America were, Bartolomé Gutiérrez who landed in Peru in 1560, Juan Gutiérrez who arrived in New Spain in 1561, another Juan Gutiérrez who arrived in Chile in 1561, Luis Gutiérrez who landed in Cuba in 1562, Angel Gutiérrez who landed in Puerto Rico in 1802, Cayetano Gutiérrez who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803, Miguel Gutiérrez who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803, Milian Gutiérrez who arrived in America in 1809 and Pedro Gutiérrez who landed in America in 1811.
We were unable to locate any documented mottoes for the Gutiérrez family.
We were unable to locate any documented grantees for the Gutiérrez family.
Some of the Gutiérrez who have had an important role in different areas are Cesar Gutiérres (1943-2005) a Venezuelan professional baseball player, Ariadna Gutiérrez (b. 1993) who was Miss Colombia 2014, Jonás Gutiérrez (b. 1983) a football player from Argentina, Horacio Gutiérrez (b. 1948) a Cuban-American pianist, the Peruvian writer Miguel Gutiérrez (b. 1940), Sergio Gutiérrez (b. 1989) Colombian football player, Judtih Gutiérrez (1927-2003) master Latin American painter, Matthew Paul Gutiérrez (b. 1984) American football quarterback and Franklin Gutiérrez (b. 1983) an American Major League Baseball center fielder.