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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Fonseca

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  • A user from India says the name Fonseca means "Most special".

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International Interest

From Portuguese fonte + seca, "dry well."

  1. A surname​.

Notable Persons Named Fonseca

Fonseca is a tropipop and latin pop composer, musician, and singer-songwriter. He plays Guitar and Vocals. He was most prominent from 1997 to 1997. Fonseca was given the name Juan Fernando Fonseca on May 29th, 1979 in Bogotá.


Fonseca e Castro is a soccer player for the Portugal national football team. Fonseca was born in Portugal.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Fonseca

Lyndsy Fonseca is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 2000. Lyndsy was born on January 7th, 1987 in Oakland, California, U.S.


Paulo Fonseca is a soccer player for the S.C. Braga, F.C. Barreirense, FC Porto, Leça F.C., C.F. Os Belenenses, C.S. Marítimo, Vitória S.C., and C.F. Estrela da Amadora. Paulo was born on March 5th, 1973 in Nampula.


Deodoro da Fonseca was a president. His career lasted from 1889 to 1891. His military service ended in 1892. Deodoro was born on August 5th, 1827 in Vila de Santa Maria Madalena da Lagoa do Sul. He left this life on August 23rd, 1892.


Jorge Carlos Fonseca is a 4th President of Cape Verde. Jorge was born on October 20th, 1950 in Mindelo.


Fonseca is a tropipop and latin pop composer, musician, and singer-songwriter. He plays Guitar and Vocals. He was most prominent from 1997 to 1997. Fonseca was given the name Juan Fernando Fonseca on May 29th, 1979 in Bogotá.


Adriana Fonseca is an actress, dancer, and actor. Adriana was given the name Adriana Fonseca Castellanos on March 16th, 1979 in Veracruz (city).


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Popularity of Fonseca as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Fonseca U.S.
  White 18.23% 64.26%
  African American 2.04% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.07% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.27% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.82% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 77.57% 16.26%

Of Last Name Fonseca

People with the last name Fonseca are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Fonseca

  • How Popular is the name Fonseca? As a last name Fonseca was the 1,363rd most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Fonseca first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Fonseca is Wednesday, July 28th, 1920.
  • How unique is the name Fonseca? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Fonseca. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Fonseca: Your name in reverse order is Acesnof. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Foecsan. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Fonseca? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 25,863 people with the last name Fonseca.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Fonseca? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 9 of them will have Fonseca as their last name.

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