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Meaning  Cross
Language(s) of origin  Spanish, Portuguese.
Region of origin  Spain, Portugal
Pronunciation  Spanish: IPA: [kruθ] or [krus] Portuguese: IPA: [kruʃ]
Related names  "Vera Cruz", "Santa Cruz", "De la Cruz"

Cruz is a surname of Iberian origin, first found in Castile, Spain, but later spread throughout the territories of the former Spanish and Portuguese Empires. In Spanish and Portuguese, the word means "cross", either the Christian cross or the figure of transecting lines or ways. For example, in the Philippines, the adopted Tagalog word is rendered to "krus" in plain usage, but the Spanish spelling survives as a surname.


The word "Cruz", as well as "Vera Cruz" ("True Cross") and "Santa Cruz" ("Holy Cross") are used as surnames and toponyms. Its origin as a surname particularly flourished after the Alhambra Decree of 1492 and the increasing activities of the Spanish Inquisition, when New Christian families with Crypto-Jewish, Moorish, and/or mixed religious heritage converted to the state-enforced religion of Catholicism and subsequently fashioned and adopted surnames with unambiguous religious affiliation.

People with the surname

  • Alberto Cruz (disambiguation), multiple people
  • Adolfo Schewelm Cruz (1923–2012), Argentine Formula One race car driver
  • Alejandro Cruz (born 1997), American semi-professional MMA fighter
  • Alex Cruz (disambiguation), multiple people
  • Alexis Cruz (born 1974), Puerto Rican-American actor
  • Angel Cruz, a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 180th District
  • Arturo Cruz (1923–2013), Nicaraguan rebel leader
  • Áurea Cruz (born 1982), Puerto Rican volleyball player
  • Tony Sunshine (Antonio Cruz, born 1977), Puerto Rican R&B singer
  • Beatriz Cruz (born 1980), Puerto Rican track and field athlete
  • Bobby Cruz (born 1937), Puerto Rican salsa singer and religious minister
  • Brandon Cruz (born 1962), American actor and musician
  • Carlos Cruz (disambiguation), multiple people
  • Catalina Cruz (born 1979), Slovenian-American pornographic actress
  • Celia Cruz (1924–2003), Cuban salsa singer
  • Claudia Cruz (born 1986), Dominican Miss World contestant 2004
  • Dominick Cruz (born 1985), American professional mixed martial artist
  • Donna Cruz (born 1977), Filipina actress and singer
  • Edvandro Cruz (born 1978), Brazilian mountaine biker
  • Ella Cruz (born 1996), Filipino Actress
  • Ernesto Gómez Cruz (born 1933), Mexican actor
  • Eva Cruz (born 1974), Puerto Rican volleyball player
  • Flavio Cruz (born 1982), Portuguese volleyball player
  • Frank Cruz (born c. 1959), American college baseball coach
  • Gaspar da Cruz (ca. 1520–1570), Portuguese Dominican friar, author of the first European book on China
  • Gemma Cruz, Filipino crowned Miss International
  • Geneva Cruz (born 1976), Filipino actress and singer
  • Ileana D'Cruz, Indian actress from Goa
  • Inmaculada Cruz (1960–2013), Spanish politician
  • Iohana Cruz (born 1980), Cuban diver
  • Isagani Cruz (c. 1924 – 2013), Filipino judge
  • Jacqueline Cruz Silva (born 1962), Brazilian beach volleyball player
  • Jason Cruz (born 1974), American musician, artist, poet
  • Jesse Cruz, birth name of Ricky Belmonte (1947–2001), Filipino actor
  • Joaquim Cruz (born 1963), Brazilian athlete and Olympic gold medal winner
  • John Lloyd Cruz (born 1983), Filipino actor
  • José Cruz also known as Cheo Cruz (born 1947), Puerto Rican baseball player
  • José Cruz, Jr. (born 1974), Puerto Rican baseball player
  • Juan Cruz (born 1978), Dominican baseball player
  • Juan-Carlos Cruz (born 1962), celebrity chef
  • Julio Ricardo Cruz (born 1974), former Argentine soccer player
  • Leo Cruz (born 1957), Dominican boxing champion
  • Luis Cruz (born 1984), American baseball player
  • Maria Silva Cruz (1915-1936), Spanish anarchist
  • Maximiano Tuazon Cruz (1923–2013), Filipino Roman Catholic bishop
  • Monica Cruz (born 1977), Spanish dancer and actress; sister of Penélope Cruz
  • Nelson Cruz (born 1980), baseball outfielder from Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic
  • Nelson Cruz (pitcher) (born 1972), baseball pitcher from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
  • Nelson Cruz (athlete) (born 1977), long-distance runner from Cape Verde
  • Nicky Cruz (born 1938), Puerto Rican-American ex-gang leader and religious minister
  • Nilo Cruz (born 1962), Cuban-American playwright and Pulitzer prize winner
  • Oswaldo Cruz (1872–1917), Brazilian physician, bacteriologist, and epidemiologist
  • Penélope Cruz (born 1974), Spanish actress
  • Raphael Cruz, American acrobat, Cirque du Soleil performer and actor
  • Rayver Cruz (born 1989), Filipino actor/dancer
  • Richard Cruz (born 1971), Dominican-American young business leader
  • Rolando Cruz (born 1939), Puerto Rican pole vaulter
  • Roque Santa Cruz (born 1981), Paraguayan football player
  • Simon Cruz, Swedish singer of glam metal band Crashdïet
  • Sheryl Cruz (born 1974), Filipino actress
  • Sunshine Cruz (born 1977), Filipino actress
  • Taio Cruz, British singer (born Adetayo Ayowale O. A. Onile-Ere)
  • Ted Cruz (born 1970), (Rafael Edward Cruz) Canadian-American politician and United States Senator from Texas since 2013
  • Tirso Cruz III (born 1953, Filipino actor
  • Wilson Cruz (born 1973), Puerto Rican-American actor
  • Victor Cruz (American football) (born 1986), wide receiver
  • Wendy Cruz (born 1976), Dominican Republic cyclist
  • As a given name

  • Cruz Bustamante (born 1953), American politician
  • Cruz David Beckham (born 2005), Son of Victoria and David Beckham
  • Fictional characters

    First name
  • Cruz, fighter in Def Jam Vendetta and Def Jam: Fight for NY
  • Cruz Pezuela, a character on The Shield
  • Surname
  • Kaylie Cruz, fictional character on the ABC Family series, Make It or Break It
  • Maritza Cruz, police sergeant in the television drama Third Watch
  • Soma Cruz in the video game Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
  • Ramiro "Ram" Cruz, the main protagonist of the games Total Overdose and Chili Con Carnage
  • Tomari Kurusu, a character in the Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl anime and manga; her last name is derived from Cruz
  • Mateo 'Matt' Cruz, current BAU Section Chief in the television drama Criminal Minds
  • Clavo Cruz, recurring criminal and enemy to Lt Horatio Caine in the television drama CSI: Miami
  • References

    Cruz Wikipedia

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