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For other uses, Sánchez (disambiguation)
Family name
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Sánchez is the most common surname in the Spanish provinces of Cáceres and Salamanca
Meaning "Son of Sancho"
Region of origin Spain
Related names Sanches

Sánchez or Sanchez is a frequently common Spanish surname. As a patronymic, it means "son of Sancho". The name "Sancho" itself comes from the Basque Santxo.


Sanchez is the fifth most common surname in Spain.[1]

Sanchez in Spain, by area
Province Rank
Salamanca 1 most common (12,420 people)
Cáceres 2 most common (5,956 people)
Cádiz 3 most common (19,396 people)
Granada 3 most common (13,268 people)
Toledo 3 most common (6308 people)
Sanchez ranking in other parts of the world[2]
Country Rank
United States ranked 52 out of 88,799
Argentina ranked 10 out of 100
France ranked 52 out of 1,000


Notable people who share this surname include:


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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

SANCHEZ. Three persons of this name enjoyed considerable literary celebrity: (1) FRANCISCO SANCHEZ (Sanctius) (1523-1601), successively professor of Greek and of rhetoric at Salamanca, whose Minerva, first printed at that town in 1587, was long the standard work on Latin grammar. (2) FRANCISCO SANCHEZ, a Portuguese physician of Jewish parentage, born at Tuy (in the diocese of Braga) in 1550, took a degree in medicine at Montpellier in 1574, became professor of philosophy and physic at Toulouse, where he died in 1623; his ingenious treatise (Quod nihil scitur, 1581) marks the high-water of reaction against the dogmatism of his time; he is said to have been distantly related to Montaigne. (3) ToniAs Sanchez of Cordova (1551-1610), Jesuit and casuist, whose treatise De matrimonio {Genoa, 1592) is more notorious than celebrated.

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