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Pérez or Perez, as most commonly written in English, is a Spanish and Jewish surname popular among people of Sephardic Jewish descent.
The surname with Spanish origins, written in Spanish orthography as Pérez, is a patronymic surname meaning “son of Pero or Pedro (Peter)”. The surname has a Portuguese counterpart with the same meaning and etymology, Peres, written with a final “s” instead of “z” and without the accent.
The surname with a Hebrew origin is transliterated into English as either Perez or Peretz, and is derived from the Hebrew given name פרץ (cf. Genesis 38:29), after the biblical character Perez (son of Judah), which in Hebrew means “to breach” or “to burst forth”. That biblical character’s Hebrew name, however, is transliterated as Farés in the Spanish Christian Bible.
Neither the Spanish nor the Hebrew surname corresponds to one single lineage. Instead, both correspond to many unrelated lineages.
Additionally, while the Spanish and Hebrew etymological origins are distinct, there are nevertheless those who carry the surname because, in their particular case, the origin of their surname is Spanish Jewish (i.e. Sephardic), and they, as Spanish Jews or their descendants, adopted the surname precisely because of its ambiguity.
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