Do you know what the most popular last name is in the Philippines?
The Twenty Most Common Filipino Surnames
This is the last name of Filipina actress Vilma Santos, Filipino-American writer Bienvenido Santos, the young superstar Judy Ann Santos, the WWII hero Alejo Santos, and singer Erik Santos. The name is the Spanish word for ‘saints.’
The full name of Filipino actor Alden Richards is Richard Reyes Faulkerson, Jr. His mother’s name is Rosario Reyes. The word ‘reyes’ means ‘kings’ or ‘royals’ in Spanish.
Among famous Filipinos bearing this surname is the actor/model John Lloyd Cruz. The word ‘cruz’ is Spanish for ‘cross’ and is spelled krus in Tagalog when referring to the cross, but not when written as a surname.
Bautista is Spanish for ‘Baptist’ referring to San Juan Bautista (St. John the Baptist).
A widely recognized Philippine historian with this surname is Ambeth Ocampo.
The most notable bearer of this surname is Carlos P. Garcia, the eighth president of the Philippines. Eddie Garcia is a famous Filipino actor who has received awards for both his acting and directing.
The real name of Yaya Dub is Nicomaine Dei Capili Mendoza. She is more known simply as Maine Mendoza.
Lucy Torres is the actress-model married to actor Richard Gomez.
Tessie Tomas was the host of the daily morning talk show Teysi ng Tahanan in the 1990s.
Albert Andrada is the fashion designer whose dress was worn by Paris Hilton to the 2015 Grammy Awards.
Top 10 Spanish Surnames in the Philippines that Start with De, De la or Del
|1. de la Cruz|
2. de la Reyes
3. del Rosario
4. de los Santos
5. de Guzmán
|6. de Castro|
7. de la Vega
8. de la Rosa
9. de Asis
10. de Rosales
Most common surnames among Chinese-Filipinos: Chan, Cheng, Chua, Co, Cue, Dee, Go, Ku, Lee, Tan, Tiu, Ting, Ty, Sy, Yap, Yee, Gokongwei, Uytengsu, and others that are three-word combinations that end in -co like Chotangco, Chikiamco, Cojuangco, Dyquiangco, Dychingco, Limbitco, Limcangco, Limjoco, Limpingco, Litiatco, Litimco, Nibungco, Ongkingco, Onglatco, Ongpauco, Osongco, Syjuco, Sytengco, Tanjuatco, Tantiangco, Uyboco, Uycoco, Wambangco, Yuchengco, Yujuico, Yusingco
Examples of Spanish and Spanish-derived surnames: Divinagracia, Ortiz
Examples of native Tagalog surnames: Dimakulangan, Dimaguiba (impenetrable), Dimasalang (untouchable), Guinto (gold), Macaraeg, Matapang (brave), Masipag (industrious), Lumaban (fought/battled), Pulumbarit
* The Filipino word for “surname” is apelyido.