The Spanish surname Dominguez is of patronymic origin meaning son of, or descendant of Domingo. The personal name Domingo is derived from the Latin term Dominicus meaning “of the Lord,” from dominus meaning “lord, or master.” The name was borne by a Spanish saint (1170–1221) who founded the Dominican order of friars and whose fame added greatly to the popularity of the name. The name is recorded in Spanish documents as early as the 12th Century. The first record of the name in the New World is in 1536 when Anton Dominguez is recorded in the Dominican Republic. Today there are approximately 84,000 bearers of the name Dominguez living in the United States.