From the name of a type of leather-soled shoe or sandal made on the Balearic Islands. It originally indicated a person who made or sold this item.
Means "priest's street" from Basque abas
"priest" and kale
Means "water" in Spanish, indicating a person who lived near water or worked with water.
Derived from Spanish agua
"water", indicating a person who lived near water or worked with water.
Originally denoted someone who was from the city of Alfaro in La Rioja, Spain. It is possibly derived from Arabic meaning "the watchtower".
From a Spanish place name, possibly derived from Spanish alba
AQUINO Italian, Spanish
From the name of an Italian town near Rome, derived from Latin aqua
meaning "water", the home town of the 13th-century saint Thomas Aquinas. In Italy the surname is derived directly from the town's name. As a Spanish-language surname, it was sometimes bestowed by missionaries in honour of the saint as they evangelized in Spanish colonies.
Denoted a person from Araia in the Basque Country, Spain. It is of uncertain meaning.
Originally indicated a person from the town of Aretxabaleta in Spain. It means "oak trees" in Basque.
From various Spanish place names, which are derived from Spanish arena
ARITZA Spanish, Basque
From Basque aritz
meaning "oak tree". This was a nickname of Iñigo, the first king of Pamplona, Spain (9th century).
ARRIOLA Spanish, Basque
From Basque place names, themselves derived from Basque arri
"stone" and -ola
"place of, house".
Originally denoted a person from the Italian city of Assisi (called Asís
From the name of a region in Spain, formerly a medieval kingdom. It is possibly derived from Basque asta
"rock" and ur
BARROS Portuguese, Spanish
From the Portuguese and Spanish word barro
meaning "clay, mud". This could either be an occupational name for a person who worked with clay or mud such as a builder or artisan, or a topographic name for someone living near clay or mud.
From the Basque place name Basurtu
, a village (now part of Bilbao) in Biscay. It means "middle of the forest".
BELLO Spanish, Italian
Means "beautiful" in Spanish and Italian, originally a nickname for an attractive person.
Means "white" in Spanish. The name most likely referred to a person who was pale or had blond hair.
, the name of a small Basque village, derived from Basque bolu
"mill" and ibar
"meadow". This name was borne by the revolutionary Simón Bolívar (1783-1830).
Originally indicated a person from the Spanish town of Borja in Aragon, derived from Arabic بُرْج (burj)
BUSTO Spanish, Italian
From the name of towns in Spain and Italy, derived from Late Latin bustum
meaning "ox pasture".
Means "hair" in Spanish, used as a nickname for a person with a large amount of hair.
From various place names derived from Late Latin capraria
meaning "place of goats", from Latin capra
CAMPANA Italian, Spanish
Occupational name from Late Latin campana
meaning "bell", ultimately derived from the Italian region of Campania, where bells were produced.
From the Spanish word casal
meaning "house", ultimately from Late Late casalis
and Latin casa
Originally indicated a person from Castile, a region (and medieval kingdom) in Spain. The name of the region is derived from Late Latin castellum
Originally indicated a person who came from Catalonia, a region of eastern Spain.
CHAVES Portuguese, Spanish
From the name of a Portuguese city, derived from the Roman name FLAVIUS
(being named for the emperor Vespasian, whose family name was Flavius).
Variant of CHAVES
. A famous bearer was the labour leader César Chávez (1927-1993).
Derived from the name of the town of Cuéllar in the Segovia province of Spain. It may be derived from Latin collis
From a given name, itself a diminutive of names beginning with the Germanic element adal
meaning "noble". This was the surname of the Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dalí (1904-1989).
DELGADO Spanish, Portuguese
Means "thin" in Spanish and Portuguese, ultimately from Latin delicatus
meaning "delicate, tender, charming".
Derived from the Basque place name Etxeberria
, which itself is derived from Basque etxe
"house" and berri
Originally referred to a person who lived close to a church, from Basque eleiza
"church" and ondo
Derived from the name of the town of Escamilla in Gualadajara, Spain.
Derived from the Basque place name Eskarzaga
, which itself is derived from Basque hazkar
Derived from the Basque place name Espartza
, a town in the province of Navarre.
Means "thorn" in Spanish, a name for someone who lived near a thorn bush.
From Spanish espinoso
meaning "thorny", ultimately from Latin spinosus
, a derivative of spina
meaning "thorn, spine".
FONSECA Spanish, Portuguese
Originally belonged to a person who lived near a dry spring, from Latin fons
"well, spring" and siccus
Means "spring, well" in Spanish, derived from Latin fons
Originally indicated a person from Galicia, a region in northwestern Spain.
GALLO Italian, Spanish
Means "rooster", ultimately from Latin gallus
. This was a nickname for a proud person.
From a medieval given name of unknown meaning, possibly related to the Basque word hartz
Means "warrior" in Spanish, an occupational name for a soldier. It is derived from Late Latin werra
"war", of Germanic origin.
From the name of the town of Guzmán in Burgos, Spain.
Possibly from Spanish holgar
"to rest, to enjoy oneself".
Means "garden, orchard" in Spanish, ultimately from Latin hortus
From Spanish iglesia
meaning "church", from Latin ecclesia
(of Greek origin).
LOYOLA Spanish, Basque
From the name of a place name near the town of Azpeitia in the Basque Country of Spain, derived from Basque loi
meaning "mud". This was the birthplace of Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), the founder of Jesuits.
MACHADO Portuguese, Spanish
Denoted a person who made or used hatchets, derived from Spanish and Portuguese machado
"hatchet", both from Latin marculus
From the name of a place near Lugo in northern Spain. A notable bearer is the former Argentinian soccer star Diego Maradona (1960-).
MATA Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan
From Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan mata
meaning "trees, shrubs", possibly from Late Latin matta
meaning "reed mat".
MERLO Italian, Spanish
Means "blackbird", ultimately from Latin merula
. The blackbird is a symbol of a naive person.
Derived from Spanish moral
meaning "mulberry tree", of Latin origin.
Patronymic derived from the medieval Spanish given name Muño
, from Latin Munnius
, possibly of Germanic origin.
Habitational name for someone who came from Obando in Extremadura, Spain.
From the name of the Ojeda river in Soria, Spain, possibly derived from Latin folia
Means "wild olive" in Spanish, originally indicating one who lived near such a tree.
Means "elm tree" in Spanish, ultimately from Latin ulmus
. The name originally indicated a person who lived near such a tree.
Originally indicated a person from the town of Okondo in Álava, northern Spain, possibly derived from Basque ukondo
Originally indicated a person from one of the two towns named Orellana
in Badajoz, Spain. Their names are probably derived from Latin Aureliana
meaning "of AURELIUS
From a Spanish place name (belonging to various villages) derived from ortiga
Means "son of Orti", a byname deriving either from Latin fortis
meaning "brave, strong" or fortunius
PAREDES Portuguese, Spanish
Denoted a person who lived near a wall, from Portuguese parede
and Spanish pared
meaning "wall", both derived from Latin paries
Originally denoted a person who lived near a jutting rock, from Spanish peña
meaning "rock, cliff".
PORRAS Spanish, Catalan
From a nickname meaning "club" in Spanish and Catalan, ultimately from Latin porrum
From a nickname meaning "dark" in Spanish, referring to a person with dark hair or skin.
Means "door, gate", a topographic name for a person who lived near the gates of the town.
From various Spanish place names derived from quiñóon
meaning "shared piece of land", derived from Latin quinque
QUINTANA Spanish, Catalan
Originally indicated someone who lived on a piece of land where the rent was a fifth of its produce, from Spanish and Catalan quintana
"fifth", from Latin quintus
Denoted a person from one of the various places of this name in Spain, which may derive from Galician queiroa
Originally indicated a person who lived in a thickly wooded area, from Latin ramus
Possibly derived from a variant of Spanish de rondón
meaning "unexpectedly, rashly".
REY (1) English, Spanish, French, Catalan
Means "king" in Old French, Spanish and Catalan, ultimately from Latin rex
), perhaps originally denoting someone who acted like a king.
From Spanish ribera
meaning "bank, shore", from Latin riparius
Means "oak wood" from Spanish roble
"oak", ultimately from Latin robur
Originally indicated a person who lived near an oak tree or forest, from Spanish roble
"oak", from Latin robur
Means "red" in Spanish, referring to the colour of the hair or complexion.
Nickname for a person with red hair, from Latin rubeus
Originally indicated a person from Salamanca, a city in western Spain that is of unknown meaning.
Derived from Latin salix
meaning "willow tree". The name was originally given to one who lived near a willow tree.
Occupational name for a salt worker or someone who lived bear a salt works, from Spanish salina
"salt works, salt mine", ultimately from Latin sal
Derived from the name of a town in Spain, ultimately from Latin saltus
"forest, glade" and novalis
SANTOS Portuguese, Spanish
Means "saint" in Portuguese and Spanish, ultimately from Latin sanctus
. This was a nickname for a pious person.
Derived from the name of the Sepúlveda Valley in the mountains of Segovia, and was originally used to denote people from that region. It is possibly derived from Spanish sepultar
Originally indicated a dweller on a hill range or ridge, from Spanish sierra
"mountain range", derived from Latin serra
Means "grove of trees, small forest" in Spanish, ultimately from Latin saltus
Originally a name for a person from Terrazas in the Spanish city of Burgos, a place name meaning "terraces".
Derived from the name of the city of Toledo in Spain, which was from Latin Toletum
, which may have been derived from a Celtic word meaning "hill".
Originally denoted a person from Trujillo, Spain, originally called Turgalium
Probably derived from the name of Urueña, a town in the province of Valladolid, Spain, which is of unknown meaning.
Derived from Spanish vara
"stick". It may have originally been given to one who used a stick in his line of work, for example an animal herder.
From Spanish vega
meaning "meadow, plain", of Basque origin.
Derived from Spanish vela
meaning "sail" or the homonym vela
VICARIO Spanish, Italian
Means "vicar" in Spanish and Italian, an ecclesiastic title used to denote a representative of a bishop. It is derived from Latin vicarius
meaning "substitute, deputy".
VILLA Italian, Spanish
Means "town" in Italian and Spanish, from Latin. It was originally given to a person who came from a town, as opposed to the countryside.
Denoted a person from the town of Villalobos, Spain, which is derived from Spanish villa
"town" and lobo
Originally denoted someone who came from one of the various Spanish towns by this name, derived from villa
"town" and nueva
Originally denoted a person from one of the various Spanish towns by this name, derived from villa
"farm, settlement" and verde
Originally denoted a person from Zamora, the name of both a province in Spain and its capital city.