Portuguese Submitted Surnames

Portuguese names are used in Portugal, Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking areas. See also about Portuguese names.
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ACAMPORAItalian, Medieval Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian)
Acampora is a variant of Acanfora, from the medieval personal name Canfora, from canfora ‘camphor’ (from Arabic kāfūr).
AFONSOPortuguese
Old (6th century derived) Iberian surname, associated with the first dynasty and King of Portugal, Afonso Henriques. The surname was used by all the subsequent illegitimate children of that dynastic line.
ALEGRESpanish, Portuguese
Nickname from alegre "bright, merry" (Latin alacer).
ALMADAPortuguese
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous city.
ALVARENGAPortuguese
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 eponymous parishes.
ÁLVARESPortuguese
Patronymic meaning "son of Álvaro".
AVEIROPortuguese, Spanish
Demonymic surname refering to Aveiro a city in middle north-eastern Portugal. A famous bearer of this surname is Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.
AVELARPortuguese
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish of the municipality of Ansião.
AZUAJE-FIDALGOPortuguese (Rare), Spanish, Italian
Fidalgo from Galician and Portuguese filho de algo — equivalent to nobleman, but sometimes literally translated into English as "son of somebody" or "son of some (important family)"—is a traditional title of Portuguese nobility that refers to a member of the titled or untitled nobility... [more]
BALFAGERPortuguese
Name of a Visigoth noble family (around the 10th century) from the Iberian Peninsula (current northern Portugal), meaning "bold spear"; they descent from the Balti dynasty.
BARBOSAPortuguese
denoting a person who lived by land that contained overgrown leafy vegetation from the portuguese word barba "leaf" + oso/osa (adjective suffix); variant of Barboza
BAVIERASpanish, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan
Means "Bavaria" in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Catalan. Indicating for someone from Bavaria a state in Germany.
BETHENCOURTFrench, English, Portuguese (Rare)
Bettencourt and Bethencourt are originally place-names in Northern France. The place-name element -court (courtyard, courtyard of a farm, farm) is typical of the French provinces, where the Frankish settlements formed an important part of the local population... [more]
BETTENCOURTFrench, English, Portuguese (Rare)
Bettencourt and Bethencourt are originally place-names in Northern France. The place-name element -court (courtyard, courtyard of a farm, farm) is typical of the French provinces, where the Frankish settlements formed an important part of the local population... [more]
BOMBAPortuguese, Spanish, Polish, Ukrainian, Czech, Slovak
From bomba "bomb", (Latin bombus), hence probably a nickname for someone with an explosive temperament, or a metonymic occupational name for an artilleryman.
BRAGADOPortuguese, Spanish
This surname is a Spanish word which means "gritty", refering to a bull. ... [more]
BRANCOPortuguese
from the the portuguese word Branco meaning "white", referring to someone with light skin and/or hair
BRAVOSpanish, Portuguese
From a Spanish and Portuguese nickname for a fierce or violent man (from Spanish and Portuguese bravo "fierce, violent"). This surname was borne by Charles Bravo (1845-1876), a British lawyer and possible murder victim.
BRUNOPortuguese
From a Germanic personal name, Brun.
CABAÑASpanish, Portuguese
Habitational name from a place named with Spanish cabaña ‘hut’, ‘cabin’ (Late Latin capanna, a word of Celtic or Germanic origin).
CABAÑASSpanish, Portuguese
Habitational name from a place named with Spanish cabaña or Portuguese cabanha ‘hut’, ‘cabin’.
CAIXETAPortuguese (Brazilian)
Portuguese common name for Tabebuia cassinoides, a tree native to Central and South America.
CAMACHOSpanish, Portuguese
From the ancient European camb, meaning twisted or disfigured, denoting to someone with visible physical abnormalities, but could possibly also refer to residents of a particularly gnarly tract of land.
CARLOSSpanish, Portuguese
From the given name Carlos
CARVALHOPortuguese
Carvalho (Portuguese pronunciation: kɐɾˈvaʎu), meaning 'oak', is a Portuguese surname, also sometimes used as a Sephardic Jewish surname as well as by families with genetic Norman descent.... [more]
CASASpanish, Portuguese, Italian
Derived from the Spanish and Italian word casa meaning "house".
CASCALHOPortuguese (?)
What I know about this surname is that it came from Alentejo, a region in Portugal countryside. The eldest Cascalho I know lived in Évora (city in this province) so I assume the name born there...
CEBREIROJewish, Portuguese
Cebreiro is an olive tree.
CERQUEIRAPortuguese
Habitational name from any of various places named Cerquerira, in most cases from a Latin derivative of quercus "oak". The family name also occurs in Sicily, probably of the same origin.
CERVAPortuguese, Italian
"Cerva" means deer.
CORREAPortuguese, Spanish
From Spanish, meaning "leather garment."
CORREIAPortuguese
meaning "leather strap" or "belt", "rein", or "shoelace"; denoting a person who worked with leather products
CORTÊSPortuguese
Portuguese form of Cortés.
CRIADOPortuguese, Spanish
Occupational name from criado ‘servant’.
CUNHAPortuguese (Brazilian)
This name can mean either mean that your upper class or a coin maker. Cunha directly translates to "coin" or "wedge"
DA SILVAPortuguese
Topographic name for someone who lived by a wood, from Latin silva meaning "wood". Famous bearers are Brazilian footballers Thiago Silva and Neymar.
DE SOUZAPortuguese
Means "of Sousa" in Portuguese, referring to the River Sousa flowing through northern Portugal. The word Sousa itself is derived from the Latin saxa, saxum meaning "stone, rock". The surname is more commonly used in Brazil and Portuguese-speaking African countries today.
DIASPortuguese
means "son of Diogo" in Portuguese. Also a variant of Diaz
DOS SANTOSPortuguese, Spanish
From a Spanish and Portuguese name applied originally to a child born or baptized on All Saints' Day (from Spanish and Portuguese, literally "of the saints"). A famous bearer of this surname is Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.
EIRIZPortuguese
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish of the municipality of Paços de Ferreira.
EMBOABAPortuguese (Brazilian, Rare)
Variant of Emboava. A famous bearer of this surname is Brazilian footballer Oscar.
ESPÍNDOLAPortuguese (Latinized, ?)
Portuguese of uncertain origin, but possibly a topographic name or a variation of Spinola. It was taken to Portugal by an immigrant family from Genoa, Italy.
FALCÃOPortuguese
Portuguese surname meaning "falcon".
FARIAPortuguese, Italian
Faria is a Portuguese surname. A habitational name from either of two places called Faria, in Braga and Aveiro. ... [more]
FARINHAPortuguese
Means "wheat flour" in Portuguese.
FRANÇAPortuguese
Means "France" in Portuguese.
FRANQUEZSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese for "son of Franco."
GAMAPortuguese
Probably from gama ‘fallow deer doe’, feminine form of gamo, possibly as a topographic or habitational name.
GENTOOIndian, Telugu, Portuguese
It is a Telugu name, most likely meaning "Gentile". It was first used by the Portuguese.
GONÇALVESPortuguese
Portuguese form of Gonzalez
GRANDESpanish, Italian, Portuguese
Nickname for someone of large stature, from grande "tall, large".
GUIMARÃESPortuguese
from any of various places called Guimarães
GUSMÃOPortuguese
Portuguese cognate of Guzmán.
HORTACatalan, Portuguese
Means "garden" (Latin hortus), hence a topographic name for someone who lived by an enclosed garden or an occupational name for one who was a gardener.
JOAQUIMPortuguese, Catalan
From the personal name Joaquim.
JURADOSpanish, Portuguese
Occupational name for any of various officials who had to take an oath that they would perform their duty properly, from jurado "sworn", past participle of jurar "to swear" (Latin iurare).
LABRADORSpanish, Portuguese, Filipino
From the root word "labora" meaning labor or work. This means laborer or worker but often associated to farmers as in San Isidro Labrador
LACERDAPortuguese, Spanish
Nickname for someone with remarkably thick or long hair, or with an unusually hairy back or chest. From Spanish and Portuguese la cerda ‘the lock (of hair)’.
LEALPortuguese, Spanish
Means "loyal" in Portuguese and Spanish. A famous bearer of this surname is Roberto Leal, a very popular singer in Portugal.
LEDOSpanish, Galician, Portuguese
Nickname from ledo meaning ‘happy’, ‘joyful’
LEITAOPortuguese
Portuguese metonymic occupational name for a keeper of pigs, or nickname meaning ‘piglet’, from Portuguese leitão ‘(suckling) pig’.
LEITEPortuguese, Galician
Meaning "milk".... [more]
LENCASTREPortuguese
From the English surname Lancaster. Brought to Portugal by Phillipa Lancaster, who later married King John I.
LOPESPortuguese
Portuguese form of Lopez.
MADEIRASPortuguese
Came from the Portuguese Madeira word "wood" or "timber". perhaps the portuguese version of the surname Woods or someone who's from the Portuguese island Madeira
MAESTREPortuguese, Spanish
Occupational name from old Spanish and Portuguese maestre meaning 'master', 'master craftsman', 'teacher'.
MAIAPortuguese
Habitational name from any of several places named Maia, especially one in Porto.
MALDONADOSpanish, Portuguese
From mal donado meaning "badly endowed" (literally, "badly given"). Also used for people originating from the Spanish village of Maldonado.
MANUELSpanish, Portuguese, French, German
Derived from the given name Manuel.
MARQUESPortuguese
Means "Son of Marcos" in Portuguese
MARTELLEEnglish, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese
English and German: from a medieval personal name, a pet form of Martin or Marta.... [more]
MARTINESPortuguese
Means "Son of Martin." Portuguese form of Martínez.
MATHIASFrench, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese
French, Dutch: from the personal name Mathias (see Matthew).... [more]
MATIASSpanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Czech
Spanish (Matías), Portuguese, and Dutch: from the personal name (see Matthew).... [more]
MIGUELSpanish, Portuguese
From the given name Miguel.
MIRANDASpanish, Portuguese, Jewish
Habitational name from any of numerous places in Spain and Portugal called Miranda. The derivation of the place name is uncertain; it may be of pre-Roman origin, or from Latin miranda "view, outlook".
MONIZPortuguese
From the medieval Portuguese first name Muhno.... [more]
MONTEIROPortuguese (Modern)
Monteiro is the portuguese version of the spanish Montero
MORAESPortuguese
From the Portuguese form of Spanish Morales.
MOREIRAPortuguese, Galician
Habitational name from any of the numerous places in Portugal and Galicia called Moreira, from moreira meaning "mulberry tree".
MORGADOPortuguese
Means "eldest brother" in Portuguese
MOURAPortuguese
Derived from the Portuguese word "Mouro", which refers to an individual from the Moor people. This is the feminine form of the word, often used in legends of enchanted moor women, which very common in Portugal... [more]
NASCIMENTOPortuguese
Meaning ''birth''.
NATALPortuguese, Spanish
From the personal name Natal (from Latin Natalis), bestowed on someone born at Christmas or with reference to the Marian epithet María del Natal.
NEGROItalian, Spanish, Portuguese, Jewish
Nickname or ethnic name from negro "black" (Latin niger), denoting someone with dark hair or a dark complexion.
NEGROItalian, Spanish, Portuguese, Jewish
From a medieval continuation of the Latin personal name Niger.
NORONHAPortuguese
Derived from Noreña, the name of a village in Asturias, northern Spain.
NOVOGalician, Portuguese
Nickname from Portuguese and Galician novo ‘new’, ‘young’ (Latin novus). The word was also occasionally used in the Middle Ages as a personal name, particularly for a child born after the death of a sibling, and this may also be a source of the surname.
OLIVEIRAPortuguese
Means "olive tree" in Portuguese.
PACHECOSpanish, Portuguese
1.Spanish and Portuguese: from a personal name of uncertain, possibly pre-Roman, origin.... [more]
PALMASpanish, Catalan, Galician, Portuguese, Italian
Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Portuguese, and southern Italian: habitational name from any of various places named or named with Palma, from Latin palma ‘palm’. ... [more]
PANTOJASpanish, Portuguese
Has its origins in the place-name "Pantoja" in Spain. Derived from either the Greek word "panthos" (which means 'all gods') or the Mozarabic "panucea" (meaning 'spindle of yarn').... [more]
PÃOPortuguese
Metonymic occupational name for a baker, from pão meaning "bread"
PARPortuguese
Derived from Portuguese meaning "pair, couple, equal".
PEDROSASpanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Galician
Habitational name from any of numerous places named Pedrosa, from pedroso, pedrosa meaning "stoney", an adjectival derivative of pedra meaning "stone".
PIRESPortuguese (Latinized, Modern), Portuguese (Brazilian, Latinized, Modern)
Etymologicaly, the name PIRES comes from the Latin, and means "The one who belongs to Peter's family".... [more]
PISTARIOGreek, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Pistario is a surname, mainly used in the Greek, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese languages.
POMBALPortuguese
from the portuguese word: pombo meaning "dove", "pigeon". ... [more]
PORTUGALSpanish, 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]
PRETOPortuguese
comes from the Portuguese word preto meaning "black" or "dark". referring to someone with dark skin and/or hair. possibly a cognate of the spanish surname PRIETO
PRIMAVERASpanish, Portuguese, Italian
From Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian primavera meaning "spring".
RANGELGerman, Spanish, Portuguese
A variant of Rengel. This name is also found in Portugal.
REGOPortuguese
Primarily Iberian, particularly Portuguese in origin. A topographic name for someone who lived by a channel.
REGUEIROGalician, Portuguese
The name originated in Ourense (Galicia) in the 14th Century. It´s literal meaning in Portuguese is river. It is a surname referring to a person who lived near a river or water source.
REISPortuguese
Means "kings" in Portuguese.
RITAItalian, 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.
Portuguese, Galician
Variant spelling of Saa, a habitational name from any of the numerous places named Saa, mainly in northern Portugal and Galicia.
SALASSpanish, 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".
SALVADORSpanish, Catalan, Portuguese
From the popular Christian personal name Salvador, meaning "Savior" (Latin Salvator, a derivative of salvare "to save"), bestowed in honor of Christ.
SANCHESPortuguese
Portuguese cognate of Sanchez.
SÃO JOÃOPortuguese
Means "St. John" in Portuguese.
SARAIVAPortuguese
It literally means "hail".
SARDINHAPortuguese
Portuguese last name meaning "sardine seller".
SENNAPortuguese
Possibly coming from the surname "Sanna", it may mean "one with a big protruding tooth".... [more]
SPÍNOLAPortuguese
Portuguese topographic name from a diminutive of espinha ‘thorn’, ‘thorn bush’.
TEIXEIRAPortuguese
From the portuguese teixo meaning "yew"; or "yew tree". yew is a type of shrub
TEODOROPortuguese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Italian, Spanish
Comes from the given name Teodoro. It derives from Theodoros, a compound containing the elements theos, meaning "god", plus doron, a "gift, hence"; "God's gift".
TIAGOPortuguese
From the given name Tiago.
VALENTEItalian, Galician, Portuguese
Italian, Galician, and Portuguese: nickname from valente ‘brave’, ‘valiant’.... [more]
VELÊZPortuguese
Possibly a habitational name from Vellés in Salamanca.
VERDEItalian, 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.
VEYERAPortuguese (Modern)
Originated in East Providence, RI about 1900 variation of the common Vieira portuguese surname.
VICENTESpanish, Portuguese
From the personal name Vicente, Spanish and Portuguese equivalent of Vincent.
VIEGASPortuguese (Rare)
Portuguese variant of Venegas.
VIEIRAPortuguese
Religious byname from Portuguese vieria "scallop" (Late Latin veneria, a derivative of the name of Venus; the goddess was often depicted riding on a scallop). The scallop was a symbol of the pilgrim who had been to the shrine of Santiago de Compostela.
VIEIRAPortuguese
Habitational name from any of numerous minor places called Vieiria.
VILLARDGalician, Portuguese
A Galician and Portuguese surname in the north of Iberian Peninsula. It's a last name belonging to ancient Celtic tribes.