Portuguese Surnames

Portuguese names are used in Portugal, Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking areas. See also about Portuguese names.
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ABREU Portuguese, Galician
Meaning uncertain, possibly from a given name which was of Germanic origin.
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".
ALMEIDA Portuguese
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".
ALVES Portuguese
Means "son of ÁLVARO".
ARAÚJO Portuguese
Denoted a person hailing from one of the many areas that bear this name in Portugal, which is of unknown meaning.
ARMANDO Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Derived from the given name ARMANDO.
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.
BELO Portuguese
Portuguese form of BELLO.
CABRAL Portuguese
From places named from Late Latin capralis meaning "place of goats", derived from Latin capra meaning "goat".
CAMPOS Portuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish variant of CAMPO.
CARDOSO Portuguese, Spanish
From a place name meaning "thorny" in Portuguese and Spanish, ultimately from Latin carduus.
CASTELO Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of CASTLE.
CASTRO Spanish, Portuguese
Means "castle" in Spanish and Portuguese, and referred to one who lived near a castle.
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).
COELHO Portuguese
From the Portuguese word for "rabbit", either a nickname or an occupational name referring to a hunter or seller of rabbits.
COSTA Portuguese, Italian, Catalan
Means "riverbank, slope, coast" in Portuguese, Italan and Catalan, ultimately from Latin meaning "side, edge".
CRESPO Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Referred to a person with curly hair, from Latin crispus meaning "curly".
CRUZ Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese cognate of CROSS.
DANIEL English, French, German, Portuguese
Derived from the given name DANIEL.
DELGADO Spanish, Portuguese
Means "thin" in Spanish and Portuguese, ultimately from Latin delicatus meaning "delicate, tender, charming".
DUARTE Portuguese, Spanish
From the given name DUARTE.
ESTEVES Portuguese
Means "son of ESTEVÃO".
FÉLIX French, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name FELIX.
FERREIRA Portuguese, Galician
Denoted one from a town named because it was near an iron mine, from Latin ferrum meaning "iron".
FERRO Italian, Portuguese
Means "iron", ultimately from Latin ferrum. This was an occupational name for one who worked with iron.
FONSECA Spanish, Portuguese
Originally belonged to a person who lived near a dry spring, from Latin fons "well, spring" and siccus "dry".
FREITAS Portuguese
Means "broken" in Portuguese, a name for one who lived on broken, stony ground.
GARCIA Portuguese
Portuguese form of GARCÍA.
GASPAR Portuguese, Spanish
Derived from the given name GASPAR.
GOMES Portuguese
From the medieval given name GOMES.
GOUVEIA Portuguese
From the name of the city of Gouveia in Portugal, of unknown meaning.
GUERRA Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From a nickname meaning "war", given to a belligerent person or one engaged in warfare.
LOBO Spanish, Portuguese
Originally a nickname meaning "wolf" in Spanish and Portuguese.
LUCAS English, 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.
MACHADO Portuguese, Spanish
Derived from Spanish and Portuguese machado "hatchet" and denoted a person who made or used hatchets.
MADEIRA Portuguese
Occupational name for a carpenter, from Portuguese madeira "wood".
MAGALHÃES Portuguese
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.
MARIA Italian, Portuguese
From the given the name MARIA.
MATA Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan
From the Old Spanish mata meaning "plantation of trees".
MATEUS Portuguese
From the given name MATEUS.
MATOS Portuguese, 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.
MEDEIROS Portuguese
From a place name derived from the Latin word meda meaning "stack".
MELO Portuguese
Portuguese form of MERLO.
MENDES Portuguese
Portuguese form of MENÉNDEZ.
MORENO Spanish, Portuguese
From a nickname meaning "dark" in Spanish and Portuguese.
NOGUEIRA Portuguese, Galician
From Portuguese and Galician nogueira meaning "walnut tree", from the Late Latin nucarius, ultimately from Latin nux meaning "nut".
NUNES Portuguese
Means "son of NUNO".
PALMEIRO Portuguese
Portuguese form of PALMER.
PAREDES Portuguese, Spanish
Denoted a person who lived near a wall, from Portuguese parede and Spanish pared meaning "wall", both derived from Latin paries.
PEREIRA Portuguese, Galician
From Portuguese and Galician pereira meaning "pear tree", ultimately from Latin pirum meaning "pear".
PINHEIRO Portuguese
Means "pine tree" in Portuguese.
PINHO Portuguese
Habitational name meaning "pine" in Portuguese.
RAMIRES Portuguese
Means "son of RAMIRO" in Portuguese.
RIBEIRO Portuguese
Means "little river, stream" in Portuguese, ultimately from Latin riparius meaning "riverbank".
RIOS Portuguese
Originally denoted a person who lived near a river, from Portuguese rios "river", ultimately from Latin rivus.
ROCHA Portuguese, Galician
Portuguese and Galician cognate of ROACH.
RODRIGUES Portuguese
Means "son of RODRIGO" in Portuguese.
ROMÃO Portuguese
Portuguese form of ROMANO (1) or ROMANO (2).
ROSÁRIO Portuguese
Means "rosary" in Portuguese. This name was often given to people born on the day of the festival of Our Lady of the Rosary.
SANTANA Spanish, Portuguese
From any of the numerous places named after Saint ANNA.
SANTIAGO Spanish, Portuguese
From various Spanish and Portuguese places called SANTIAGO.
SANTOS Portuguese, Spanish
Means "saint" in Portuguese and Spanish, ultimately from Latin sanctus. This was a nickanme for a pious person.
SERAFIM Portuguese
Derived from the Latin given name SERAPHINUS.
SILVA Portuguese, Spanish
From Spanish or Portuguese silva meaning "forest".
SILVEIRA Portuguese
Means "forests" in Portuguese.
SIMÕES Portuguese
Means "son of SIMÃO" in Portuguese.
SOARES Portuguese
Means "son of SUERO".
SOUSA Portuguese
Originally indicated someone who lived near the River Sousa in Portugal, possibly derived from Latin salsus "salty" or saxa "rocks".
TORRES Spanish, Portuguese
Name for a person who lived in or near a tower, ultimately from Latin turris.
VARGAS Spanish, Portuguese
Means "hut, slope, pastureland" in Spanish and Portuguese dialects.
VENTURA Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given names BONAVENTURA (Italian), BUENAVENTURA (Spanish) and BOAVENTURA (Portuguese).
VILAR Portuguese, Galician, Catalan
Means "hamlet, farm" in Portuguese, Galician and Catalan, from Late Latin villare, a derivative of Latin villa.