South American Submitted Surnames

South American names include those from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
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ABREGO     Spanish
As a Spanish surname, it was from Spanish ábrego, which originally meant "African", from Latin africus. The vocabulary word in modern Spanish has lost this general sense and now means "south wind" (literally, "African (wind)").
ABURTO     Basque, Spanish, Spanish (Mexican)
The surname Aburto is a topographic name from Basque aburto ‘place of kermes oaks’, from abur ‘kermes oak’ + the locative suffix -lo.
ACAMPORA     Italian, Medieval Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian)
Acampora is a variant of Acanfora, from the medieval personal name Canfora, from canfora ‘camphor’ (from Arabic kāfūr).
ACERO     Spanish
Spanish word for "steel" which is a metal.
ACERO     Spanish
From acero "steel, steelworker" (from Late Latin aciarium), an occupational name for a metal worker or an armorer.
ACHIO     Spanish (Latin American)
Possibly derived from the town, Achio, near Guadalajara in Mexico. The name itself is probably from the Nahuatl achio meaning "frequent".
ACUNA     Spanish (Latin American)
Related tho the Acuna Indians of Mexico, there is also a city by the name. Popular in border areas of Mexico and Texas.
AFONSO     Portuguese
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.
ÁGUILA     Spanish
From águila "eagle" (Latin aquila). This is either a nickname for a haughty man or one with an aquiline nose, or a habitational name from a place in Salamanca province called Águila.
AGUILAR     Spanish
Spanish, Catalan, and Jewish (Sephardic): habitational name from any of numerous places called Aguilar, from Latin aquilare ‘haunt of eagles’ (a derivative of aquila ‘eagle’), for example Aguilar de Campo in Palencia, Aguilar de la Frontera in Córdoba, and Aguilar de Segarra in Catalonia.
AIMAR     Medieval English, Anglo-Saxon, Spanish
1. From the Olde English pre 7th Century personal name "Aethelmaer", meaning "famous noble." ... [more]
ALARCÓN     Spanish
Alarcón was a fort owned by the arabs in the Iberian Peninsula (Alarcón literally meaning 'the fort' in arabic), and the spaniards had the goal of owning it during the spanish reconquista. After 9 months of siege, Fernán Martínez de Ceballos climbed the walls of the fort using only two daggers and opened the gates from the inside allowing the castillan army to come in and conquer Alarcón... [more]
ALBA     Spanish, Catalan
From alba meaning "white".... [more]
ALBO     Spanish, Italian, Jewish
It is derived from the name Albert, Alberto, Albino, and Alberico.... [more]
ALCARAZ     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
ALCOBENDAS     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
ALDEA     Spanish, Romanian
Spanish "village"
ALEGRE     Spanish, Portuguese
Nickname from alegre "bright, merry" (Latin alacer).
ALEJANDRO     Spanish
From the personal name Alejandro, Spanish form of Alexander.
ALHAMBRA     Filipino, Spanish
From the Spanish alhambra which in turn is derived from Arabic الْحَمْرَاء‎‎ (Al-Ḥamrā) meaning "the red one", ultimately from the Arabic أَحْمَر (ʾaḥmar) "red"... [more]
ALLENDE     Basque, Spanish
Basque surname possibly linked to the Spanish word allende of Latin origin meaning "beyond" or "besides".
ALMARZA     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 localities: the Castilian municipality of Almarza, Comarca of El Valle or the Riojan municipality of Almarza de Cameros.
ALMENARA     Spanish
Almenara in Spanish is "beacon", but it is an old kind of beacon that consisted of a fire that was lit on top of the battlements to give a signal.
ALMONTE     Spanish
From a place between Huelva and Sevilla. Means "the mountain".
ALONSO     Spanish
Derived from the given name Alonso.
ALPÍZAR     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous locality in the Andalusian province of Huelva.
ALVARENGA     Portuguese
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 eponymous parishes.
ÁLVARES     Portuguese
Patronymic meaning "son of Álvaro".
ÁLVARO     Spanish
Either derived from the given name Alvaro or a variant of Alvarez.
ALZA     Spanish
Means "to rise" or simply "rise"
AMARO     Spanish
Originated in Italy
AMBRÌZ     Spanish
" Probably a variant of Asturian-Leonese Ambres, a habitational name from a village in Asturies. Also a habitational name of Ámbriz a city in Angola, Africa, mainly of Portuguese descendants. "
AMORE     Spanish
meaning love
ANGUIANO     Spanish (Latinized, Modern)
Anguiano is a small town in the province of La Rioja, Spain.
ANSELMO     Italian, Spanish
Comes from the personal name Anselmo, which is of Germanic origin (see Anselm). This was a distinctively Langobardic name, and was especially common in Lombardy in the Middle Ages.
ANTUNIEZ     Spanish, Galician, Asturian
Meaning "son of Antonius." It is a last name that appears in northern Spain.
APOLLO     Italian, Spanish
From the Greek personal name Apollo. There are several saints Apollo in the Christian Church, including an Egyptian hermit and monastic leader who died in 395 ad. The personal name derives from the name in classical mythology of the sun god, Apollo, an ancient Indo-European name, found for example in Hittite as Apulana "god of the gate" (from pula "gate", cognate with Greek pylē), therefore "protector, patron".
APONTE     Spanish
A misdivision of Daponte. It originates from Majorca, Spain.
ARÀBIA     Italian, Spanish
Ethnic name for someone from Arabia or some other Arabic-speaking country or a nickname for someone who had visited or traded with one of these countries.
ARAGON     Spanish, Catalan, French
A surname and an autonomous community of Spain.
ARANDS     English, Spanish
Anglicized version of a name given to residents of Aranda de Duero, a small town in the north of Spain.
ARAQUISTAIN     Basque, Spanish
''Place of the ferns'' in Basque. It first appeared when a family arrived for the first time to a part of the Pyrenees where they where a lot of ferns. Then, that family, changed their last name to ''Araquistain'' which means ''place of the ferns'' in basque.
ARCHULETA     Spanish, English
Castilianized form of Basque Aretxuloeta, a topographic name meaning "oak hollow".
ARELLANO     Basque, Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Navarrese municipality.
ARENCIBIA     Spanish
Castilianized combination of the basque words of aranz meaning "thorn"; "hawthorn" + ibi meaning "ford" + a (basque article suffix); meaning someone living by a thorny ford. A "ford" is a body of water shallow enough to walk through; In this context topographically referring to a some places in Spain
ARGANDA     Spanish (Latin American), Spanish
town in spain / arganda del rey
ARIZA     Spanish
Spanish: habitational name from a place so named in Zaragoza province in Aragón.
ARJONA     Spanish
Habitational name from Arjona in Jaén province.
ARMENTEROS     Spanish
Habitational name from either of two places called Armenteros, in the provinces of Ávila and Salamanca, from the plural of armenatero meaning ‘cowherd’, from Latin armenta ‘herd(s)’.
ARMIJO     Spanish
Derived from the Spanish adjetive "armigero", meaning "one who bears arms". First found in the Northern Region of Spain in Cantabria. Alternate spellings include: Armijos, Armigo, and Armija.
ARROYO     Spanish
Habitational name from any of numerous places named with arroyo "watercourse", "irrigation channel."
ASCENCIO     Spanish, Italian
From the personal name (Latin Ascensius), favored by the early Christians, by whom it was bestowed with reference to the ascension of Christ (Late Latin ascensio).
ATIENZA     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
AUÑÓN     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
AVAMILANO     Spanish, Italian
Of Spanish origin, but probably has its roots in Italy due to the word "milano" which means Milan in Italian.
AVEIRO     Portuguese, Spanish
Demonymic surname refering to Aveiro a city in middle north-eastern Portugal. A famous bearer of this surname is Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.
AVELAR     Portuguese
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish of the municipality of Ansião.
AVELINO     Spanish, Polynesian, Filipino
Spanish form of Avellino, the surname of the 17th-century Italian saint Andrew Avellino.
AVELLANEDA     Spanish
It literally means "hazelnut grove", denoting someone who either lived near one or worked in one.
AVENA     Spanish, Italian
A traditionally Spanish and Italian occupational surname for a "grain grower or merchant", or the Italian habitation surname for Avena, Calabria. Means "oats". From the Latin avēna meaning 'oats, wild oats, straw'.
AVENIDA     Spanish (Latin American)
The name translates to English, meaning "avenue."
ÁVILA     Spanish
Derived from the Spanish town and province of Ávila, in the Old Kingdom of Castile, nowadays in the Community of Castile and León.
BADILLA     Spanish
Variant of Badillo.
BADILLO     Spanish
Topographic name from a diminutive of vado ‘ford’ (Latin vadum) or a habitational name from either of two places named with this word: Valillo de la Guarena in Zamora province or Vadillo de al Sierra in Ávila.
BAEZ     Spanish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Spanish Báez, which might be a different form of Peláez (cf. Páez). A famous bearer is American singer and activist Joan Baez (1941-).... [more]
BAEZA     Spanish
From a place called Baeza in Andalusia, Spain.
BALFAGER     Portuguese
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.
BALLON     Spanish
Theoretically it could be a variant of vallón, from valle ‘valley’, but neither form is attested as a vocabulary word or as a place name element. Alternatively, it could be a Castilian spelling of Catalan Batlló, Balló, nicknames from diminutives of batlle ‘dancing’.English: variant spelling of Balon.
BANEZ     Spanish
Spanish (Báñez): shortened form of Ibáñez
BARBERO     Spanish
Spanish occupational name for a barber-surgeon (see Barber), Spanish barbero, from Late Latin barbarius, a derivative of barba ‘beard’ (Latin barba).
BARBOSA     Portuguese
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
BARBOZA     Portuguese
Variant of Barbosa
BARCELONA     Catalan, Spanish
Habitational name from Barcelona, the principal city of Catalonia. The place name is of uncertain, certainly pre-Roman, origin. The settlement was established by the Carthaginians, and according to tradition it was named for the Carthaginian ruling house of Barca; the Latin form was Barcino or Barcilo.
BÁRCENAS     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Castilian municipality of Espinosa de los Monteros.
BARRIOS     Spanish
Habitational name from any of the numerous places named with Spanish barrio "outlying suburb (especially an impoverished one), slum", from Arabic barr "suburb, dependent village". It may also be a topographic name for someone originating from a barrio.
BATRES     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
BAVIERA     Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan
Means "Bavaria" in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Catalan. Indicating for someone from Bavaria a state in Germany.
BEA     Spanish
Habitational name from a place of this name in Teruel.
BEGA     Spanish
Variant of Vega.
BELASCO     Spanish
Variant of VELASCO
BENEGAS     Spanish (Rare)
From the hybridization of Ben, meaning "son" in Arabic or Jewish, and Ega(s), a medieval given name of Visigothic origin.
BETETA     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
BETHENCOURT     French, 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]
BETTENCOURT     French, 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]
BEZOS     Spanish
From bezo meaning "thick lips" in Spanish, referring to a person with blubber or thick lips.
BIURRARENA     Spanish, Basque
Means apple in Basque.
BLAS     Spanish
From the given name Blas.
BLASCO     Spanish
Variant of VELASCO
BOLAR     Spanish
Topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of soil of a particular type known as tierra bolar.
BOMBA     Portuguese, 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.
BORJA     Spanish (Latinized, Rare, Archaic), Filipino (Latinized, Modern, Rare, Archaic)
Borja is originated in Spain before the Thirty Year's War.... [more]
BRAGADO     Portuguese, Spanish
This surname is a Spanish word which means "gritty", refering to a bull. ... [more]
BRANCO     Portuguese
from the the portuguese word Branco meaning "white", referring to someone with light skin and/or hair
BRAVO     Spanish, 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.
BRIONES     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Riojan municipality.
BRIZUELA     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Castilian municipality of Merindad de Valdeporres.
BRUNO     Portuguese
From a Germanic personal name, Brun.
BUENO     Spanish
generally an approving (or ironic) nickname, from Spanish bueno ‘good’.
BUITRAGO     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 eponymous municipalities: the Castilian one in El Campo de Gómara or the Manchego municipality of Buitrago del Lozoya in Sierra Norte, Comunidad de Madrid.
BURRUCHAGA     Spanish, Basque
From "Pais Vasco" in Spain.
BUSTAMANTE     Spanish
Derived from the town Bustamante in the Cantabria region of Northern Spain.
CABA     Spanish, Catalan
Variant of Cava.
CABALLERO     Spanish
Occupational name from caballero "knight, soldier, horseman" (from Late Latin caballarius "mounted soldier").
CABAÑA     Spanish, Portuguese
Habitational name from a place named with Spanish cabaña ‘hut’, ‘cabin’ (Late Latin capanna, a word of Celtic or Germanic origin).
CABAÑAS     Spanish, Portuguese
Habitational name from a place named with Spanish cabaña or Portuguese cabanha ‘hut’, ‘cabin’.
CAIXETA     Portuguese (Brazilian)
Portuguese common name for Tabebuia cassinoides, a tree native to Central and South America.
CALDERA     Spanish, Spanish (Latin American)
Derived from Spanish caldera meaning "basin, crater, hollow"; ultimately from Latin caldarium, caldaria meaning "hot bath, cooking pot". In the English language, the word caldera also denotes a depression in volcanoes... [more]
CALDERÓN     Spanish
Is a Spanish occupational surname. It is derived from the Vulgar Latin "caldaria" ("cauldron") and refers to the occupation of tinker. As a topographic name from an augmentative of caldera 'basin', 'crater', 'hollow', a common element of stream and mountain names, or a habitational name from a place named with this word, as for example Calderón in Valencia province.
CALERO     Spanish
Metonymic occupational name for a burner or seller of lime, from calero ‘lime’.
CALVETE     Spanish
It means bald. It's a surname of the Galician origin.
CAMACHO     Spanish, 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.
CAMARGO     Spanish (Latinized, Modern, ?)
Habitational name for someone from a place in Andalusia called Camargo.
CANGUSSU     Brazilian
The surname Cangussu has its origins in the Tupi-Guarani language and is a variation of Akangu’su, which means 'Jaguar'.
CANIZALES     Spanish (Latin American)
This surname came from around the beginnings of 1800 in south regions of Colombia where sugar cane was cultivated. It's a variation of Cañizales, that literally means "sugar cane fields".
CANOMANUEL     Spanish
The first part of this surname is possibly derived from Spanish cano "hoary, white-haired, grey-haired". The second part is derived from the given name Manuel. As such, this name must first have come into being as a nickname, referring to the white or grey hair of a man named Manuel.
CAPELLA     Spanish, Catalan, Italian
From capella "chapel", a topographic name for someone who lived by a chapel or a metonymic occupational name for someone who worked in one.
CARBONERO     Spanish
Famous bearers are Carlos Carbonero, a Colombian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Sampdoria on loan from Fénix and Sara Carbonero, a Spanish sports journalist.
CARCELÉN     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
CÁRDENAS     Spanish
Habitational name from places in the provinces of Almería and Logroño named Cárdenas, from the feminine plural of cárdeno "blue, bluish purple" (Late Latin cardinus, from carduus "thistle")... [more]
CARDENETE     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
CARLOS     Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Carlos
CARRASCO     Spanish
Topographic name from carrasco or carrasca "holm oak".... [more]
CARRASQUILLO     Spanish
Diminutive of CARRASCO.
CARRERA     Spanish, Italian
Spanish: topographic name for someone living by a main road, carrera ‘thoroughfare’, originally a road passable by vehicles as well as pedestrians (Late Latin carraria (via), a derivative of carrum ‘cart’), or a habitational name from any of various places named with this word.... [more]
CARRILLO     Spanish
Variant of Carillo.
CARVALHO     Portuguese
meaning "oak" or "oak tree"
CASA     Spanish, Italian
Derived from the Spanish and Italian word casa meaning "house".
CASA     Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
From casa "house" (Latin casa "hut, cottage, cabin"), perhaps originally denoting the occupier of the most distinguished house in a village.
CASABUENA     Spanish (Modern, Rare)
Means "Happy House" or "House of Happiness" in Spanish, with the Spanish word "Casa", which means "House" and Buena, meaning "Happy" or "Happiness".
CASAGRANDE     Spanish, Italian
From the Spanish & Italian words casa meaning "house" and grande meaning "big"; literally means "big house".
CASCALHO     Portuguese (?)
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...
CASILLAS     Spanish
From any of various places called Casillas or Las Casillas, from the plural of casilla, a diminutive of Casa. ... [more]
CASTANATI     Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish Origins
CASTAÑEDA     Spanish
Derived from the Spanish word castaña meaning "chestnut".
CASTELLI     Italki (Italian Jew), Semitic, Italian, Spanish
Italian patronymic or plural form of Castello. ... [more]
CAVA     Italian, Catalan, Spanish, Portugese
From cava ‘cave’, ‘cellar’ (from Latin cavea), hence a metonymic occupational name for someone employed in the wine cellars of a great house, a topographic name for someone who lived in or near a cave, or a habitational name from any of numerous places named with this word.
CEBREIRO     Jewish, Portuguese
Cebreiro is an olive tree.
CEJA     Spanish
From a common field name or a habitational name from any of various minor places called Ceja Yecla in Aragon.
CELDA     Spanish (Modern, Rare), Filipino (Modern, Rare)
The Spanish word for 'cell', as in prison cell.
CENDEJAS     Spanish
Cendejas is a city in Guadalahara. It is short for Cendejas de la Torre.
CERQUEIRA     Portuguese
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.
CERVA     Portuguese, Italian
"Cerva" means deer.
CESPEDES     Spanish
From the plural of cesped "peat", "turf" (Latin caespes, genitive caespitis), applied as a habitational name from a place named Céspedes (for example in Burgos province) or named with this word, or a topographic name for someone who lived by an area of peat, or possibly as a metonymic occupational name for someone who cut and sold turf.
CHAPIN     French, Spanish
From a reduced form of French eschapin or Spanish chapín, a term for a light (woman's) shoe; perhaps a nickname for someone who habitually wore this type of footwear or possibly a metonymic occupational name for a shoemaker.
CHICA     Spanish
Apparently from chica, feminine form of chico ‘small’, ‘young’ (see Chico), but a variant of the habitational name Checa, from a place so named in Jaén province is also a possibility.
CINTRON     Spanish
Spanish form for the french "Citroen". Original from Puerto Rico.
CIRIA     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Castilian municipality.
COLMENARES     Spanish
It literally means "apiaries", denoting someone who either worked at some or lived near some.
CONTRERAS     Spanish
Habitual name for someone from Conteraras, a region in the province of Burgos, Spain. The name "Conteraras" is derived from Late Latin contraria meaning "surrounding area", "region", from contra meaning "opposite, against, hard by".
CÓRDOBA     Spanish
Habitational name from the city of Córdoba in southern Spain, from Latin Corduba, from Arabic Qurṭubah, from Phoenician Qartuba; originally Qart-Juba, named after Numidian king Juba I.
CÓRDOVA     Spanish
Variant of CÓRDOBA.
CORRALES     Spanish
denoting someone who worked on a barn or a farm . Corral means "barnyard", "corral", "yard" ,"sheepshed"
CORREA     Portuguese, Spanish
From Spanish, meaning "leather garment."
CORREIA     Portuguese
meaning "leather strap" or "belt", "rein", or "shoelace"; denoting a person who worked with leather products
CORTÉS     Spanish
From Old French corteis, curteis which means "courteous, polite". It could also serve as a habitual surname for people from Cortes in Spain or Portugal.
CORTÊS     Portuguese
Portuguese form of Cortés.
CORTÉZ     Spanish
Variant of Cortés.
COUTINHO     Portuguese
Diminutive of Couto.
CREUS     Spanish
Variant of Cruz. Famous bearer of this surname is Spanish footballer Xavi Hernández.
CRIADO     Portuguese, Spanish
Occupational name from criado ‘servant’.
CUBA     Portugese, Asturian-Leonese, Galician, Spanish
habitational name from any of the places in Portugal (in the provinces of Alentejo and Beira Baixa) or Spain (in Aragon, Asturies, and Galicia) named Cuba, from cuba ‘barrel’ (from Latin cupa)... [more]
CUENCA     Spanish
Cuenca is an ancient Spanish last name which originated from Cuenca, a city in the Kingdom of Castilla.... [more]
CUNHA     Portuguese (Brazilian)
This name can mean either mean that your upper class or a coin maker. Cunha directly translates to "coin" or "wedge"
DA SILVA     Portuguese
Topographic name for someone who lived by a wood, from Latin silva meaning "wood". Famous bearers are Brazilian footballers Thiago Silva and Neymar.
DAVILA     Spanish
Habitational name for someone from ÁVILA.
DEALAVA     Spanish
Uruguay name
DEBAIN     Spanish
Spanish surname.
DE LA MUERTE     Spanish (Rare)
Means "of death" in Spanish. Name given to a person who worked as a graveyard worker.
DELAROSA     Spanish
Means "of the rose" in Spanish.
DE LA TORRE     Spanish
Topographic name "from (de) the tower (la torre)", i.e. someone who lived by a watchtower, "from (de) the tower (la torre)".
DE LA VEGA     Spanish
Means "of the meadow", "of the valley" in Spanish.
DELFINO     Italian, Spanish
From the personal name Delfino, from Latin Delphinus, from delphis "dolphin", regarded in medieval times as a symbol of goodness and friendliness.
DELGADILLO     Spanish
Diminutive of Delgado.
DE LIMA     Spanish
"de Lima" is the surname given to the people who lived near the Limia River (Lima in portuguese) on the Province of Ourense, an autonomous community of Galicia, located at the northwest of Spain. The root of the name is Don Juan Fernandez de Lima, maternal grandson to the King Alfonso VI de León (1040-1109).
DEL RÍO     Spanish
Topographic name for someone "from the (del) river or stream (río)".
DEL RIO     Spanish
Means "from the river". Topographic name for someone living near a river or a stream.
DEL ROSARIO     Spanish, Italian
Means of the rosary in Spanish.
DE POMBAL     Portuguese
Variant of Pombal... [more]
DESCALZO     Spanish
It means "barefoot"
DE SOUZA     Portuguese
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.
DIAS     Portuguese
means "son of Diogo" in Portuguese. Also a variant of Diaz
DIEZ     Spanish (Modern)
Son of Diego
DIOLA     Spanish
Derived from the given masculine name Andrea
DORADO     Spanish
From Spanish dorado, from the verb dorar ‎(“gild, give a golden color”‎).
DOS SANTOS     Portuguese, 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.
DURÁN     Spanish
Spanish form of Durante which means "enduring".
EMBOABA     Portuguese (Brazilian, Rare)
Variant of Emboava. A famous bearer of this surname is Brazilian footballer Oscar.
ENCIÑIAS     Spanish
Derives from Spanish heritage and culture. Other spellings of the name of ENCIÑIAS may be Encinas, Encinias, Encinitas etc.
ENRÍQUEZ     Spanish
Means "son of Enrique" in Spanish.
ESCAÑUELA     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Andalusian municipality.
ESCOBAR     Spanish
A topographic name from a collective form of escoba, meaning 'broom' (from the late Latin, scopa), or a habitational name from either of two minor places in Santander province called Escobedo.
ESPAÑA     Spanish
From the Spanish word for Spain.
ESPINAL     Spanish
Spanish: from any of numerous fields named Espinal or Espinar, from a collective of espina ‘thorn’.
ESPÍNDOLA     Portuguese (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.
ESPINOSA DE LOS MONTEROS     Spanish
Originating in northern Spain in the Espinosa de los Monteros municipality, it has various meanings. One meaning is that it was the surname of hidalgos who lived in Espinosa and helped the nobles get on their horses... [more]
ESTES     Welsh, Spanish, English
a popular surname derived from the House of Este. It is also said to derive from Old English and have the meaning "of the East." As a surname, it has been traced to southern England in the region of Kent, as early as the mid-16th century.
ESTRADA     Spanish
Spanish-Mexican
FALCÃO     Portuguese
Portuguese surname meaning "falcon".
FARIA     Portuguese, Italian
Faria is a Portuguese surname. A habitational name from either of two places called Faria, in Braga and Aveiro. ... [more]
FARINHA     Portuguese
Means "wheat flour" in Portuguese.
FERRANDO     Italian, Spanish
This surname can be derived from a given name (thus making it a patronymic surname) as well as from a nickname (thus making it a descriptive surname). In the case of a patronymic surname, the surname is derived from the medieval masculine given name Ferrando, which was in use in both Italy and Spain during the Middle Ages... [more]
FIGUEROA     Spanish
Habitational name from any of the places in Galicia named Figueroa, from a derivative of figueira, meaning "fig tree."
FLORENTINO     Portuguese (Brazilian)
From the given name Florentino.
FONTAÑEZ     Spanish
From the Latin fons meaning "fountain."
FRANQUEZ     Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese for "son of Franco."
FUENMAYOR     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Riojan municipality.
FUENSALIDA     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
GALÍNDEZ     Spanish
Patronymic from the personal name Galindo.
GALINDO     Spanish, Aragonese
From the medieval personal name Galindo, of predominantly Aragonese origin and distribution, but of unknown etymology.
GALL     Spanish
In fact it is Catalan. See italian Gall... [more]
GÁLVEZ     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Castilian municipality in the Province of Toledo.
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