Central American Submitted Surnames

Central American names include those from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.
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PEÑARANDA Spanish
Habitational name from places in Burgos and Salamanca named Peñaranda.
PENNILOPE Spanish (Latin American)
Pennilope is a type of surname. It is a type of bike aswell it is almost like a tricycle with 2 sets of stabilisers.
PERALTA Catalan, Spanish, Aragonese
Habitational name from any of the places in Aragon, Catalonia, and Navarre called Peralta, from Latin petra alta "high rock". This name is also established in Italy.
PICHARDO Spanish
Spanish form of the surname PICARD
PICO Spanish
meaning beak of a bird, or peak of a mountain in spanish... [more]
PINAL English, Spanish (Rare)
The name is derived from when the family resided near a place where vennel grew. Vennel was a herb used for cooking. Other sources list the name as a local name derived from the term at the vennel.
PINEDA Spanish, Catalan
Habitational name from any of the places in the provinces of Barcelona, Cuenca, and Burgos named Pineda, from Spanish and Catalan pineda "pine forest".
PIÑERO Spanish
Castilianized from the Portuguese surname PINHEIRO, meaning "pine-tree"
PISTARIO Greek, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Pistario is a surname, mainly used in the Greek, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese languages.
PLATA Spanish
Byname from plata "silver".
PLATA Spanish
Habitational name from places in Toledo and Cáceres provinces named Plata, or various places named La Plata.
POBLETE Spanish (Latin American)
Habitational name from Poblete in the province of Ciudad Real.
POLANCO Spanish
Habitational name from Polanco in Santander province.
PONCE Spanish, English
The Ponce name was carried into England after the migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066.'Ponce' is derived from 'Ponsoby',a place in Cumberland, where the family settled. The Ponce motto is 'Pro rege, lege grege' meaning "For the King, law, and people"
PORTAL Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Portuguese, Occitan
Topographical surname for someone living near the gates of a fortified town.
PORTILLO Spanish
Meaning unknown.
PORTUGAL Spanish, Portuguese, English, Catalan, French, Jewish
Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, English, French, and Jewish surname meaning ethnic name or regional name for someone from Portugal or who had connections with Portugal. The name of the country derives from Late Latin Portucale, originally denoting the district around Oporto (Portus Cales, named with Latin portus ‘port’, ‘harbor’ + Cales, the ancient name of the city)... [more]
POZOS Spanish, Galician
A habitational name from any of several places named with the plural of pozo, meaning ‘well’. See POZO.
PRIMAVERA Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
From Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian primavera meaning "spring".
PRÍNCIPE Italian, Spanish
From principe "prince, heir" (Latin princeps, genitive principis, from primus "first" and capere "to take"), applied probably as a nickname for someone who gave himself airs and graces or for someone in the service of a prince.
PRUNA Spanish (Rare)
Possibly a habitational name from a place so named in Spain. It could also be derived from Catalan pruna "plum".
PUENTE Spanish
Habitational name from any of the numerous places named Puente, from puente ‘bridge’.
PUENTES Spanish
Means "bridges" in Spanish. Originated from "puente". The surname was first found in the valley of the Trucios in the Basque region of Spain.However, families with this surname have been present in Catalonia for hundreds of years... [more]
PUERTO Spanish
Habitational name from any of the numerous places named Puerto, in most cases from puerto ‘harbor’ (from Latin portus ‘harbor’, ‘haven’).
PULIDO Spanish, Spanish (Latin American)
Thought to have come through Cuba and Puerto Rico from Burgos, the capital of Castile in northern Spain in the 16th century. The name likely originated there in the 11th century. It means neat, polished, and clean.
QUESADA Spanish
Habitational name from Quesada, a place in Jaén province. The place name is of uncertain derivation; there may be some connection with Old Spanish requexada meaning "corner", "tight spot".
QUEZADA Spanish
Probably a variant of QUESADA.
QUINTO Aragonese, Spanish, Catalan, Italian
Habitational surname for a person from a place called Quinto, for example in Zaragoza province. However, the high concentration of the surname in Alacant province suggests that, in some cases at least, it may derive from the personal name QUINTO (from Latin QUINTUS denoting the fifth-born child or Catalan quinto "young soldier").... [more]
RAIJ Spanish
Means "rice" from Hindi राइज (raij).
RAMONE Spanish (Anglicized), Portuguese (Anglicized), Catalan (Anglicized)
From Spanish, Portuguese, and Catalan Ramón, from the personal name RAMÓN or RAMON, of Germanic origin (see RAYMOND).
RANGEL German, Spanish, Portuguese
A variant of RENGEL. This name is also found in Portugal.
RAYA Galician, Spanish
Possibly a habitational name from Raya in Galicia or in Albacete and Murcia provinces. Possibly a topographic name from Spanish raya meaning "line", denoting the boundary between two countries or provinces.
RENGEL Spanish
Habitational name from a place called Rengel in Málaga province.
RENTERÍA Spanish
Spanish Castilianized variant of Basque ERRENTERIA, habitational name from either of the two Basque towns called Errenteria in Gipuzkoa and Biscay provinces, Basque Country.
RETA Spanish
Castilianized variant of Basque Erreta, a habitational name from a town called Erreta in Navarre, Basque Country
REYNA Spanish
This could possibly be transferred use of the first name Reyna, which is a variant of Reina, and means "queen". This was ranked #987 for the most popular last names in the United states in 2010.
REYNALS Spanish (Rare)
Variant from Spanish word Rey "king". Most likely referred to the royalty. Variant of REYNOLDS.
RICARDEZ Spanish
Means "Son of RICARDO". Spanish form of RICHARDSON.
RITA Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan
From the female personal name RITA, a reduced form of MARGHARITAMARGARET’, chosen in particular in honor of a 15th-century Italian saint who bore the name in this form.
RIVAS Spanish
Habitational surname for a person from any of the places named Rivas or Ribas.
RODRIGO Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name RODRIGO.
ROEL English, Spanish, Dutch, German
From the name ROELAND, meaning "famous country".
RON Spanish, Galician
Habitational name from a town called Ron in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain.
ROÑO Spanish
masculine form of roña which means dirt
ROS Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Castilian municipality of Valle de Santibáñez.
RUBALCAVA Spanish
Habitational name for someone originally from the town of Rubalcaba in Cantabria, Spain. The name itself is derived from Arabic الربع الخالي (ar-rubʿ al-ḵālī) meaning "the Empty Quarter", referring to the Rub' al Khali desert in the Arabian Peninsula.
SAAVEDRA Spanish
Derived from the place-name Saavedra and therefore signifies "descendant or son of one from Saavedra". The place-name Saavedra is located in the north western province of Lugo in Galicia, Spain and is believed to be derived from the elements "Saa" meaning "Hall" and "Vedra" (feminine) meaning "Old".
SACASAS Spanish
Have researched the surname Sacasas, and have narrowed the usage down to four countries the name has been used in. Spain, Cuba, the United States and Philippines. The uncommonality of the last name and the fact that three of those countries were at one point or another colonized by Spain has led me to theorize Spanish origin.
SÁENZ Spanish
Patronymic from an unidentified personal name, possibly from SANCHO.
SAHAGÚN Spanish
Habitational name from Sahagùn in Lleón province.
SALAS Spanish, Galician, Aragonese, Portuguese, Catalan, Asturian
Habitational name from places named with salas, plural form of sala, meaning "room, hall" in Spanish and Asturian. Also an anglicized form of the Hungarian name SZÁLAS "tall".
SALDAÑA Spanish
Habitual surname for a person from any of the locations in Spain named Saldaña. The name itself comes from the older name Gili-Zalan, which is of uncertain meaning.
SALDÍVAR Spanish
Castilianized variant of Basque Zaldibar, a habitational name from a place so named in Biscay province. The place name is of uncertain derivation: it may be from zaldu ‘wood’, ‘copse’ or from zaldi ‘horse’ + ibar ‘water meadow’, ‘fertile plain’.
SALVADOR Filipino, Spanish, Catalan, Tagalog, Portuguese
From the popular Christian personal name Salvador, meaning "Savior" (Latin Salvator, a derivative of salvare "to save"), bestowed in honor of Christ.
SAN JORGE Spanish
“St George”
SAN JOSÉ Spanish
Habitational name from any of the places named for a local church or shrine dedicated to St. Joseph.... [more]
SAN JUAN Spanish
Habitational name from any of the numerous places so named for a local shrine or church dedicated to St. John (San Juan).
SAN LUIS Spanish
In honor of Saint Louis.
SAN MIGUEL Spanish
Habitational name from any of the numerous places so named for a local shrine or church dedicated to St. Michael (San Miguel).
SAN PEDRO Spanish
Means Saint Peter in Spanish
SANTAMARIA Spanish
Means "Saint MARY or "Holy MARY in Spanish, referring to someone living in a place named after the Virgin MARY.
SANTANDER Spanish
From the toponymy, it is discussed whether Santander is a derivation of San Emeterio or San Andrés. Due to the proximity of the Basque country (Ander = Andrés) and the tenor of some ancient texts, it can be concluded that it refers to San Andrés... [more]
SANTISTEVAN Spanish
Status of nobility
SANZ German, Spanish
From a short form, Sando, of a Germanic personal name formed with sand "true" and variant of Sancho.... [more]
SARD English, French, Spanish, Italian
In the book "Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary by Henry Harrison and Gyda (Pulling) Harrison 1912 - Reprinted 1996.... The Sard surname (which has been in England, Italy and Europe for a long time) is defined thus on page 136...... [more]
SEGURA Spanish, Catalan, American (Hispanic)
Derived from Spanish segura "safe, secure".
SERBIA Spanish
Unknown.. researching history of the spanish name that was first identify being used in Utado Puerto, Rico in 1790s by Fransico Serbia and Paula Serbia Filare
SEROTE Spanish (Filipino)
Means fecal matter in Spanish
SEVILLE Spanish, English
a city in southwestern Spain; a major port and cultural center; the capital of bullfighting in Spain. Synonyms: Sevilla Example of: city, metropolis, urban center. a large and densely populated urban area; may include several independent administrative districts... [more]
SIGÜENZA Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
SOFIA Spanish
From the given name SOFIA.
SOLAR Spanish (Rare), Catalan, Aragonese, Asturian
Spanish, Catalan, Aragonese, and Asturian-Leonese: topographic name from Latin solarius ‘ancestral home’ (a derivative of solum ‘ground’, ‘floor’), perhaps denoting someone who lived near or at the house of an important family.
SOLIS Spanish, English
Solis Name Meaning. Spanish and Asturian-Leonese (Solís): habitational name from Solís in Asturies or a similarly named place elsewhere. English: from a medieval personal name bestowed on a child born after the death of a sibling, from Middle English solace 'comfort', 'consolation'.
SOLORIO Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the vicinity of the Sierra de Solorio mountain range that straddles Aragon, La Mancha, & Old Castile.
SORIA Spanish (Spanish, Rare)
The Spanish last name, Soria, comes from a city in Spain called Soria
STA MARIA Spanish
Means "St. Mary"
SUAREZ Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of SUÁREZ primarily used in America and the Philippines.
SUAZO Spanish, Spanish (Latin American), Basque
"Castilianized form of Basque Zuhatzu, habitational name from places in Araba and Navarre named Zuhatzu, from Basquezu(h)aitz‘tree’ + the collective suffix -zu, tsu."... [more]
TADEO Spanish
From the given name TADEO
TAFOLLA Spanish
Possibly a derivative of southern Spanish tafulla, tahulla, a term denoting a measure of land. The surname is not found in present-day Spain.
TAFOYA Spanish
Possibly a variant of TAFOLLA.
TALAMANTES Spanish
Habitational name from Talamantes in Zaragoza province
TALLÓN Spanish
Either a Spanish variant of Catalan Talló (see Tallo) or a habitational name from any of the places in A Coruña, Ourense, and Pontevedra provinces called Tallón.
TAMAYO Spanish
from a town in the burgos region in spain.
TÉLLEZ Spanish
from the given name TELLO which is the Spanish form of the name TELLUS, meaning "earth" in Latin
TENORIO Spanish
Given to population of spaniards that ruled for centuries over southern Italy.... [more]
TICO Spanish
From the given TICO.
TIRADO Spanish
Likely a nickname for a person with long limbs, from the Spanish tirado meaning "stretched".
TOBAR Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Castilian municipality.
TOLENTINO Spanish, Tagalog, Ilocano, Hiligaynon, Cebuano, Portuguese, Italian (Rare), Judeo-Italian
Ultimately derived from the name of a town in the province of Macerata, Italy (see Tolentino).... [more]
TORRALBA Spanish, Catalan, Aragonese
Habitational name from any of several places called Torralba, named with torre meaning "tower" + alba meaning "white".
TORRAS Spanish (?)
Means 'towers' in Spanish. Similar to name TORRES.
TORRENT Spanish
A topographical name for someone who lived by a flood stream, deriving from the Spanish torrente. Topographical surnames were among the earliest created, since both natural and man-made features in the landscape provided easily recognisable distinguish names in the small communities of the Middle Ages... [more]
TORREZ Spanish
Variant of TORRES.
TORRIENTE Spanish (Latin American, Rare)
Cuban name likely meaning "river".
TREVIÑO Spanish
Habitational name from either of the places so named in the provinces of Burgos and Santander.
TRIANO Spanish
Possibly a habitational name from Triano, the Castilianized name of the Basque towns called Abanto and Urtuella, in Biscay province, Basque Country.
TRIGUEROS Spanish
Habitational name from places in Huelva and Valladolid named Trigueros, from a derivative of trigo ‘wheat’, or possibly triguero ‘corn merchant’. Nickname from triguero ‘dark blond’, ‘corn colored’.
TRILLO Spanish
It literally means "threshing board".
TRINIDAD Filipino, Spanish
Means "trinity" in Spanish, referring to the Holy Trinity.
TRUAN Spanish
Means "Knave" or "Joker"
TRUEBA Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the vicinity of the eponymous Castilian river.
UCEDA Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
UCLÉS Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
UÑALIVIA Spanish (Rare)
Has no specific meaning but it was a rare spanish name
VAL Spanish, French
It means valley. It comes from Britain and then moved to Aragón (Spain).
VALADEZ Asturian, Spanish, Mexican
Asturian-Leonese variant of VALDEZ.
VALDERRAMA Spanish
Habitational name from any of the places named Valderrama, as for example in Burgos province.
VALENTÍN Spanish, Slovak
From the given name VALENTÍN.
VALENZUELA Spanish
Habitational name from places named Valenzuela in Córdoba and Ciudad Real. The place name is a diminutive of Valencia, literally "Little Valencia".
VALEZ Spanish
I think it is of Spanish Background possibly meaning 'Soldier' or 'Guard'. ... [more]
VALGAÑÓN Spanish
This indicates familial within the eponymous Riojan municipality.
VALLE Spanish, Filipino, Italian
Habitational name from any of the many places named with valle "valley", or topographic name for someone who lived in a valley (Latin vallis).
VEA Spanish, Galician
Habitational name, principally from Vea in Soria province, but in some cases from any of four places with the same name in Pontevedra province, Galicia.
VELASCO Filipino, Spanish
From the medieval given name VELASCO or BELASCO formed with Basque bel "raven" combined with the diminutive suffix -sco... [more]
VÉLEZ Spanish
Patronymic from the personal name VELA.
VÉLEZ Spanish
Habitational name from any of various places in Andalusia called Vélez.
VELOSO Spanish
From the Brazilian Spanish word for fast.
VENEGAS Spanish
From the hybridization of Ben, meaning "son" in Arabic or Jewish, and Ega(s), a medieval given name of Visigothic origin.
VERA Spanish
Habitational name for someone from any of the various locations in Spain named Vera or La Vera from Spanish meaning "shore, bank".
VERDE Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From Spanish verde "green" (Latin viridis), presumably a nickname for someone who habitually dressed in this color or had green eyes, etc. This is also a common element of place names.
VERDEJO Spanish
Habitational name from any of the places so called.
VERNEDA Spanish, Catalan
As a Spanish and Catalan surname refers to someone who lived where alder trees grew.
VICENTE Spanish, Portuguese
From the personal name Vicente, Spanish and Portuguese equivalent of VINCENT.
VIGIL Spanish
Comes from the word "vigil", which is Latin for "vigilia" and "wakefulness".
VILLALBA Spanish
Habitual surname for someone from any of the various Spanish locations named Villalba. The name is derived from Spanish villa meaning "farmstead, settlement" and albo meaning "white".
VILLALPANDO Spanish
It first came from a Spanish village town.
VILLASANTE Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Castilian municipality of Merindad de Montija.
VILLASENOR Spanish
Habitational name, apparently a Castilianized spelling of Galician Vilseñor, from any of three places in Lugo province named Vilaseñor.
VILLATORO Spanish
Presumably a name given to someone from Villatoro, Spain
VILLEDA Spanish
Probably from french.
VILLEGAS Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Castilian municipality.
VINIEGRA Spanish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Riojan municipalities in the Comarca of Anguiano: Viniegra de Arriba or Viniegra de Abajo.
VIRTUOSO English (American), Spanish, Italian
This Italian surname could possibly be connected to those whose ancestors were involved in playing a musical instrument or somehow connected to the musical instrument industry.
VIVANCO Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the Castilian locality of Vivanco de Mena.
WERO Spanish (Latin American), Maori
Maori: Means "to cast a spear"... [more]
YÁÑEZ Spanish
Patronymic of JUAN.
ZALDÍVAR Basque, Spanish
Derived from Basque zaldi meaning "horse" combined with ibar meaning "valley". This is also the name of a town in Biscay, Spain.
ZAMORA Spanish
Comes from the ancient city of Zamora in Northwest Spain. It means "wild olives."
ZAPATA Spanish
Occupational surname for a shoemaker, from Spanish zapato meaning "shoe". It can also be considered a habitational name for someone originally from any of the various locations in Spain called Zapata.
ZAPATO Spanish
Means "shoe" in Spanish.
ZARAGOZA Spanish, Aragonese
Name given to someone who was from the city Zaragoza in the Aragon region in Spain.
ZEGARRA Spanish (Latin American)
Possibly a Castilianized form of the Catalan SEGARRA.
ZÚÑIGA Spanish
Spanish form of ZUÑIGA.
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