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Origin and Meaning of Poncho

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Pon"cho
  1. A kind of cloak worn by the Spanish Americans, having the form of a blanket, with a slit in the middle for the head to pass through. A kind of poncho made of rubber or painted cloth is used by the mounted troops in the United States service.
  2. A trade name for camlets, or stout worsteds.

Etymology: Sp

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A blanket-like cloak with a hole in the center for the head

Borrowing from Spanish poncho, from Quechua punchu. In sense “rubber rain poncho”, attested 1845, used for non-South American garments in the United States and England from 1850s, popularized by US Western expeditions and military from 1850s, particularly after World War II (1940s).

  1. A simple garment, made from a rectangle of cloth, with a slit in the middle for the head.
  2. A similar waterproof garment, today typically of rubber with a hood.

poncho was also found in the following language(s): French, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Poncho

Poncho Sanchez is a jazz and latin music (genre) musician, arranger, composer, record producer, and arrangement. He plays Conga, Timbales, Percussion instrument, and Vocals. His most notable accomplishments were from 1975 to present. Poncho was born Poncho Sanchez on October 30th, 1951.


Poncho was born on March 3rd, 1976 in Monterrey. Poncho is also known as El Magistral Italiano.


Poncho was given the name Alfonso Vera Prendes on March 23rd, 1974 in Mexico City.


Poncho was born on September 1st, 1972 in Eagle Pass, Texas.


Poncho Puente is an athlete for the Denver Dynamite (soccer).


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Popularity of Poncho as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Poncho U.S.
  White 6.56% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 76.78% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.28% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 12.57% 16.26%

Of Last Name Poncho

People with the last name Poncho are most frequently American Indian and Alaska Native or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Poncho

  • How Popular is the name Poncho? Poncho is the 88,681st most popular name of all time. As a last name Poncho was the 55,962nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Poncho have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5 babies born with the first name Poncho in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Poncho? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1980 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Poncho first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Poncho is Saturday, December 9th, 1916.
  • What year had the most people named Poncho born? The highest recorded use of the first name Poncho was in 1980 with a total of 5 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Poncho: Your name in reverse order is Ohcnop. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ocophn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Poncho? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 366 people with the last name Poncho.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Poncho? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Poncho as their last name since less than 1 person in 833k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.