||Re: Brasilian or Portugues surnames
||Jim Young (guest, 184.108.40.206)
||February 5, 2005 at 5:31:40 AM
||Re: Brasilian or Portugues surnames by Andy ;—)
I have to disagree with much of this, Andy.
Ventura - a shortened version of the baptismal name Bonaventura, so a patronymic.
Coelho - means "rabbit", as A. Motta points out; a nickname or metonym?
Magalhaes - a Portuguese place-name, more than one in fact, of uncertain meaning.
Salazar - a Basque place-name (i.e., in Spain), meaning "old hall."
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