Show ContentsTamayo History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Tamayo has its origins in Spain and throughout the Iberian peninsula. The surname Tamayo is derived from a place name within the northern Regions of Spain. The Tamayo surname denotes descent from a native of the town of Tamayo in the Burgos region of Northern Spain.

Early Origins of the Tamayo family

The surname Tamayo was first found in the northern Regions of Spain, most notably in Catalonia. The earliest record of the surname in Spain mentions a Tomas Tomayo y Varga, who was recorded in 1426 as belonging to an ancient and much respected lineage of the name in the Sousa district.

Early History of the Tamayo family

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Tamayo Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Tomayo, Tamajo, Tomago and others.

Early Notables of the Tamayo family

Prominent among members of the family

  • were Don Francisco Tamayo de Mendoza, who was made Marquis if Villahermosa in 1696, and don Andres Tamayo y Varona, who was made Marquis de Casa Tamayo in 1775

Tamayo Ranking

In the United States, the name Tamayo is the 3,595th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. 1

United States Tamayo migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tamayo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francisco Tamayo, who landed in America in 1838 2
  • Juana De Tamayo, who arrived in New Spain in 1875 2
  • Vicente De Tamayo, who landed in Columbia in 1884 2
  • Diego De Tamayo, who arrived in Peru in 1890 2

Contemporary Notables of the name Tamayo (post 1700) +

  • James Anthony Tamayo (b. 1949), the current American bishop of Laredo, Texas
  • Lillian Tamayo, American Democratic Party politician, Member, Platform Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008 3
  • Manuel Tamayo (1829-1898), the celebrated Spanish dramatist of the 19th century
  • Ruy Pérez Tamayo (1924-2022), Mexican medical pathologist, immunologist, researcher, science communicator and academic
  • José Luis Tamayo (1858-1947), President of Ecuador 1920-1924
  • Gustavo E. Tamayo, Colombian ophthalmologist
  • Didier Tamayo (b. 1939), Colombian fencer
  • Rufino Tamayo (b. 1899), Mexican artist
  • Franz Tamayo (1879-1956), Bolivian writer and poet
  • Arnaldo Tamayo Mendes (b. 1942), first Cuban citizen, first Hispanic, and first Black person in space

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from on Facebook