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.
ALBUQUERQUE     Portuguese
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.
DA COSTA     Portuguese
Variant of COSTA.
DANIEL     English, French, German, Portuguese
Derived from the given name DANIEL.
DAVID     English, French, Scottish, Czech, Portuguese, Jewish
From the given name DAVID.
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.
ESTÉVES     Portuguese
Means "son of ESTEVÃO".
FERNANDES     Portuguese
Means "son of FERNANDO".
FERREIRA     Portuguese
Denoted one from a town named because it was near an iron mine, from ferrum the Latin word for "iron".
FERREIRO     Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of FERRARI.
FERRO     Italian, Portuguese
Meaning "iron" from Latin, comes probably from a nickname 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 sicca "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, and a couple of small towns named Gouveia.
GUERRA     Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From a nickname for a belligerent person, one eager to fight, or one engaged in warfare. It means "war".
HENRIQUES     Portuguese
Means "son of HENRIQUE" in Portuguese.
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 MENENDEZ.
MORENO     Spanish, Portuguese
From a nickname meaning "dark" in Spanish and Portuguese.
NUNES     Portuguese
Means "son of NUNO".
PALMEIRO     Portuguese
Portuguese form of PALMER.
PAREDES     Portuguese, Spanish
Means "dweller by the wall" from Latin paries.
PEREIRA     Portuguese
Derived from Portuguese meaning "pear tree".
PINHEIRO     Portuguese
Derived from Portuguese meaning "pine-tree".
PINHO     Portuguese
Habitational name derived from any of the many places named Pinho, itself derived from pinho meaning "pine" or "pine wood".
RAMIRES     Portuguese
Means "son of RAMIRO" in Portuguese.
RIBEIRO     Portuguese
Means "little river" or "stream", derived from the Portuguese word ribeira.
RIOS     Portuguese, Spanish
Originally denoted a person who lived near a river, from Portuguese and Spanish rios "river".
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).
ROSARIO     Portuguese
Means "rosary" from Portuguese rosario. This name was often given to people born on the day of the festival of Our Lady of the Rosary.
SALAZAR     Spanish, Portuguese
Means "dweller in the old hall" from the Romance word sala meaning "hall" and the Basque zahar meaning "old". It can also refer to Salazar in Burgos, Spain.
SANTANA     Spanish, Portuguese
From any of the numerous places named Santa ANA.
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 which was derived from the Hebrew serafim which was the name of a class of angels in the Bible whose name originally was derived from saraf meaning "to burn".
SILVA     Portuguese, Spanish
From Spanish or Portuguese silva "forest".
SILVEIRA     Portuguese
Means "forests" in Old Portuguese.
SIMÕES     Portuguese
Means "son of SIMON (1)" in Portuguese.
SOARES     Portuguese
Variant of SUERO.
SOUZA     Portuguese
Originally indicated someone who lived near the River Sousa in Portugal. The river name may be derived from Latin salsus "salty" or saxa "rocks".
TORRES     Portuguese, Spanish
Given to a person who lived in or near a tower, 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).
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