Portuguese Surnames

Portuguese names are used in Portugal, Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking areas. See also about Portuguese names.
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ABREUPortuguese, Galician
Meaning uncertain, possibly from a given name which was of Germanic origin.
ALBUQUERQUEPortuguese
From the name of the Spanish town of Alburquerque, near the Portuguese border in the province of Badajoz. It is probably derived from Latin alba quercus meaning "white oak".
ALMEIDAPortuguese
Designated a person who had originally lived in the town of Almeida in Portugal. The place name is from Arabic ال مائدة (al ma'idah) meaning "the plateau, the table".
ALVESPortuguese
Means "son of ÁLVARO".
ARAÚJOPortuguese
Denoted a person hailing from one of the many areas that bear this name in Portugal, which is of unknown meaning.
ARMANDOItalian, Portuguese, Spanish
Derived from the given name ARMANDO.
BARROSPortuguese, 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.
BELOPortuguese
Portuguese form of BELLO.
CABRALPortuguese
From places named from Late Latin capralis meaning "place of goats", derived from Latin capra meaning "goat".
CAMPOSPortuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish variant of CAMPO.
CARDOSOPortuguese, Spanish
From a place name meaning "thorny" in Portuguese and Spanish, ultimately from Latin carduus.
CASTELOPortuguese
Portuguese cognate of CASTLE.
CASTROSpanish, Portuguese
Means "castle" in Spanish and Portuguese, and referred to one who lived near a castle.
CHAVESPortuguese, 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).
COELHOPortuguese
From the Portuguese word for "rabbit", either a nickname or an occupational name referring to a hunter or seller of rabbits.
COSTAPortuguese, Italian, Catalan
Means "riverbank, slope, coast" in Portuguese, Italan and Catalan, ultimately from Latin meaning "side, edge".
CRESPOSpanish, Portuguese, Italian
Referred to a person with curly hair, from Latin crispus meaning "curly".
CRUZSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese cognate of CROSS.
DANIELEnglish, French, German, Portuguese
Derived from the given name DANIEL.
DELGADOSpanish, Portuguese
Means "thin" in Spanish and Portuguese, ultimately from Latin delicatus meaning "delicate, tender, charming".
DUARTEPortuguese, Spanish
From the given name DUARTE.
FÉLIXFrench, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name FELIX.
FERREIRAPortuguese, Galician
Denoted one from a town named because it was near an iron mine, from Latin ferrum meaning "iron".
FERROItalian, Portuguese
Means "iron", ultimately from Latin ferrum. This was an occupational name for one who worked with iron.
FONSECASpanish, Portuguese
Originally belonged to a person who lived near a dry spring, from Latin fons "well, spring" and siccus "dry".
FREITASPortuguese
Means "broken" in Portuguese, a name for one who lived on broken, stony ground.
GARCIAPortuguese
Portuguese form of GARCÍA.
GASPARPortuguese, Spanish
Derived from the given name GASPAR.
GOMESPortuguese
From the medieval given name GOMES.
GOUVEIAPortuguese
From the name of the city of Gouveia in Portugal, of unknown meaning.
GUERRAItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
From a nickname meaning "war", given to a belligerent person or one engaged in warfare.
LOBOSpanish, Portuguese
Originally a nickname meaning "wolf" in Spanish and Portuguese.
LUCASEnglish, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch
Derived from the given name LUCAS. A famous bearer of this surname is George Lucas (1944-), the creator of the 'Star Wars' movies.
MACHADOPortuguese, Spanish
Derived from Spanish and Portuguese machado "hatchet" and denoted a person who made or used hatchets.
MADEIRAPortuguese
Occupational name for a carpenter, from Portuguese madeira "wood".
MAGALHÃESPortuguese
Denoted a person hailing from one of the numerous minor places of this name in Portugal. The first element in the place name may have been derived from the Celtic word magal.
MARIAItalian, Portuguese
From the given the name MARIA.
MATASpanish, Portuguese, Catalan
From the Old Spanish mata meaning "plantation of trees".
MATEUSPortuguese
From the given name MATEUS.
MATOSPortuguese, Jewish
Variant of MATA. Matos is also a name adopted by Jews of Portuguese and Spanish background. In 1589, Francisco Rodrigues de Matos was accused of being a Rabbi and convicted by the Inquisition, but it is doubtful that he was, in fact, a Rabbi.
MEDEIROSPortuguese
From a place name derived from the Latin word meda meaning "stack".
MELOPortuguese
Portuguese form of MERLO.
MENDESPortuguese
Portuguese form of MENÉNDEZ.
MORENOSpanish, Portuguese
From a nickname meaning "dark" in Spanish and Portuguese.
NOGUEIRAPortuguese, Galician
From Portuguese and Galician nogueira meaning "walnut tree", from the Late Latin nucarius, ultimately from Latin nux meaning "nut".
NUNESPortuguese
Means "son of NUNO".
PALMEIROPortuguese
Portuguese form of PALMER.
PAREDESPortuguese, Spanish
Means "dweller by the wall" from Latin paries.
PEREIRAPortuguese, Galician
From Portuguese and Galician pereira meaning "pear tree", ultimately from Latin pirum meaning "pear".
PINHEIROPortuguese
Derived from Portuguese meaning "pine-tree".
PINHOPortuguese
Habitational name derived from any of the many places named Pinho, itself derived from pinho meaning "pine" or "pine wood".
RAMIRESPortuguese
Means "son of RAMIRO" in Portuguese.
RIBEIROPortuguese
Means "little river, stream" in Portuguese, ultimately from Latin riparius meaning "riverbank".
RIOSPortuguese
Originally denoted a person who lived near a river, from Portuguese rios "river", ultimately from Latin rivus.
ROCHAPortuguese, Galician
Portuguese and Galician cognate of ROACH.
RODRIGUESPortuguese
Means "son of RODRIGO" in Portuguese.
ROMÃOPortuguese
Portuguese form of ROMANO (1) or ROMANO (2).
ROSÁRIOPortuguese
Means "rosary" in Portuguese. This name was often given to people born on the day of the festival of Our Lady of the Rosary.
SANTANASpanish, Portuguese
From any of the numerous places named after Saint ANNA.
SANTIAGOSpanish, Portuguese
From various Spanish and Portuguese places called SANTIAGO.
SANTOSPortuguese, Spanish
Means "saint" in Portuguese and Spanish, ultimately from Latin sanctus. This was a nickanme for a pious person.
SERAFIMPortuguese
Derived from the Latin given name SERAPHINUS.
SILVAPortuguese, Spanish
From Spanish or Portuguese silva meaning "forest".
SILVEIRAPortuguese
Means "forests" in Portuguese.
SIMÕESPortuguese
Means "son of SIMÃO" in Portuguese.
SOARESPortuguese
Means "son of SUERO".
SOUSAPortuguese
Originally indicated someone who lived near the River Sousa in Portugal, possibly derived from Latin salsus "salty" or saxa "rocks".
TORRESSpanish, Portuguese
Name for a person who lived in or near a tower, ultimately from Latin turris.
VARGASSpanish, Portuguese
Means "hut, slope, pastureland" in Spanish and Portuguese dialects.
VENTURAItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given names BONAVENTURA (Italian), BUENAVENTURA (Spanish) and BOAVENTURA (Portuguese).
VILARPortuguese, Galician, Catalan
Means "hamlet, farm" in Portuguese, Galician and Catalan, from Late Latin villare, a derivative of Latin villa.