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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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 CRUZ Portuguese
A variant of Cruz, with the addition of the preposition 'da' (meaning 'of the' or 'from the').
DA CUNHA Portuguese
A variant of Cunha, with the addition of the preposition 'da' (meaning 'of the' or 'from the').
DA LUZ Portuguese
From a religious epithet meaning ‘of the light’, specifically the Marian name "Nuestra Señora da Luz" (which means "Our Lady of the Light").
DAMIAN French, Spanish, Italian, Czech, Slovak, Polish
From the medieval personal name Damian, Greek Damianos (from damazein "to subdue"). St. Damian was an early Christian saint martyred in Cilicia in ad 303 under the emperor Domitian, together with his brother Cosmas... [more]
DA PONTE Italian, Portuguese, Galician
A topographic name, which means "from the bridge".
DA ROCHA Portuguese, Galician
A common topographic name which means ‘from the rock' (rocha).
DA ROSA Portuguese
Literally means "of the rose" in Portuguese. It is generally a component of personal names; among women, it is a Marian name; among men, it is of uncertain application.
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.
DA VILA Portuguese, Galician
A topographic name for someone from a village (vila).
DAVILA Spanish
Habitational name for someone from ÁVILA.
DEALAVA Spanish
Uruguay name
DEBAIN Spanish
Spanish surname.
DE GUZMÁN Spanish
Means "of Guzmán" in Spanish.
DE LA IGLESIA Spanish
Means “of the church” in Spanish.
DE LA LUNA Spanish, Filipino
Means "of the moon" in Spanish.
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.
DELFIN Spanish
Meaning "dolphin" 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).
DELLA Italian, Spanish
Likely derived from the Italian and Spanish word della, meaning "of the".
DE LOS REYES Spanish
Means “of the kings” in Spanish.
DE LOS SANTOS Spanish
Means "of the saints" in Spanish.
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, Filipino, Italian
Means ''of the rosary'' in Spanish.
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
DIMER German (Brazilian, Latinized), Brazilian, German
Brazilian adaptation of the German surname Diemer; altered for easier comprehension by the Portuguese-speaking population of Brazil.
DIOLA Spanish
Derived from the given masculine name Andrea
DORADO Spanish
From dorado "golden" (from Late Latin deaurare "to gild", from aurum "gold"), probably applied as a nickname to someone with golden hair.
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.
DRAMIS Italian, Spanish (Latin American)
Not just a surname in Italy; it can also be found in Argentina and Brazil.... [more]
DURÁN Spanish
Spanish form of Durante which means "enduring".
EIRIZ Portuguese
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish of the municipality of Paços de Ferreira.
ELIAS Greek, Catalan, Portuguese, English, Welsh, German, Dutch, Jewish
Derived from the medieval given name Elias. Compare Ellis.
EMBOABA Portuguese (Brazilian, Rare)
Variant of Emboava. A famous bearer of this surname is Brazilian footballer Oscar.
EMERIN German (Brazilian), Brazilian, German
Brazilian adaptation of the German surname Emmerich; altered for easier comprehension by the Portuguese-speaking population of Brazil.
ENCARNACIÓN Spanish
Means "incarnation" in Spanish. This is given in reference to the Incarnation of Jesus in the womb of the Virgin Mary (see Encarnación).
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]
ESPÍRITU Spanish
From a short form of Spanish del Espíritu Santo meaning "of the Holy Spirit, of the Holy Ghost" (Latin Spiritus Sanctus), which was the second part of religious compound names formed from the bearer's given name and del Espíritu Santo... [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.
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.
FELICIANO Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From a medieval personal name (Latin Felicianus, a derivative of Felix). The name was borne by a number of early saints, most notably a 3rd-century bishop of Foligno and apostle of Umbria.
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]
FIGUEIREDO Galician, Portuguese
It literally means "fig tree orchard", denoting someone who either lived near one or worked at one.
FIGUEROA Spanish
Habitational name from any of the places in Galicia named Figueroa, from a derivative of figueira, meaning "fig tree."
FONTAÑEZ Spanish
From the Latin fons meaning "fountain."
FRANÇA Portuguese
Means "France" in Portuguese.
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.
FULCAR Spanish (Latin American)
Most common in the Dominican Republic.
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]
GALLEGOS Spanish
Derived from Spanish gallego meaning "Galician", denoting someone originally from the region of Galicia in northeastern Spain.
GÁLVEZ Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Castilian municipality in the Province of Toledo.
GAMA Portuguese
Probably from gama ‘fallow deer doe’, feminine form of gamo, possibly as a topographic or habitational name.
GAMIAO Spanish (Modern, ?)
from a Basque nickname means "good member"
GAT Spanish
The catalan form of "gato" cat
GATO Spanish
Gato is a Spanish, Portuguese and Galician word for cat.
GAVILÁN Spanish
It literally means "Eurasian sparrowhawk".
GAYANGOS Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the Castilian comarca of Las Merindades.
GENTOO Indian, Telugu, Portuguese
It is a Telugu name, most likely meaning "Gentile". It was first used by the Portuguese.
GERENA Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Andalusian municipality.
GIL Spanish
From the given name Gil (1).
GINEBRA Spanish
From the Spanish word ginebra, meaning "gin," possibly ultimately from the Latin iuniperus, meaning "juniper."
GODÍNEZ Spanish
Patronymic from the personal name Godino.
GOETTEMS German, Brazilian
Brazilian adaptation of the German surname Goedems; altered for easier comprehension by the Portuguese-speaking population of Brazil. All members of the Goettems family in Brazil are descendants of Johann Goedems, born in Oberlöstern, Saarland, on September 17, 1798.
GONÇALVES Portuguese
Portuguese form of González.
GORDILLO Spanish
Derived from the Spanish pet form of fat, "gordito"
GRANADO Spanish
Nickname from Spanish granado "mature", "experienced", "distinguished".
GRANADO Spanish
Occupational name for a grower or seller of pomegranates, or a topographic name for someone who lived near a pomegranate tree, from granado "pomegranate tree" (cf. GARNETT).
GRANADOS Spanish
Occupational name for a grower or seller of pomegranates, or a topographic name for someone who lived near a pomegranate tree, from granado "pomegranate tree" (cf. GARNETT).
GRANDA Spanish
Spanish form of the surname Grand.
GRANDE Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Nickname for someone of large stature, from grande "tall, large".
GRAÑÓN Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Riojan municipality.
GRIEGO Spanish
Means "from Greece" in Spanish
GUAJARDO Spanish
Spanish: unexplained. Perhaps a habitational name from a place so named in Estremadura. This name is common in Argentina, Chile, and Mexico. ... [more]
GUÀRDIA Catalan, Spanish, Italian
Catalan, Spanish, and Italian from Catalan guàrdia, Spanish and Italian guardia ‘guard’, ‘watch’, a topographic name for someone who lived by a watch place, an occupational name for a member of the town guard, or a habitational name from any of the numerous places named (La) Guardia.
GUEVERA Spanish
means "protector"
GUIMARÃES Portuguese
from any of various places called Guimarães
GUSMÃO Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of Guzmán.
HAY English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Frisian
Scottish and English: topographic name for someone who lived by an enclosure, Middle English hay(e), heye(Old English (ge)hæg, which after the Norman Conquest became confused with the related Old French term haye ‘hedge’, of Germanic origin)... [more]
HENARES Spanish
Derived from the Celtic form of "brave". Also is the name of many towns (Alcala de Henares, Espinosa de Henares, Tortola de Henares...) and a river
HILARIO Spanish
From the given name Hilarius.
HORTA Catalan, 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.
HUAMAN Quechua (Hispanicized), Native American
Derived from Quechua waman meaning "falcon, hawk".
HUIDOBRO Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Castilian municipality of Los Altos.
HURTADO Spanish
Derived from the Spanish word hurtar, meaning "to steal".
ILLESCAS Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
INFANTE Spanish
From infante literally "child", but in Spain also a title borne by the eldest sons of noblemen before they inherited, and in particular by the son of the king of Castile; thus the surname probably originated either as a nickname for one of a lordly disposition or as an occupational name for a member of the household of an infante.
INIESTA Spanish
Possibly from iniesta meaning "leafhopper".
ISSAC English, Spanish
From the given name Issac.
JARA Spanish
Habitational name any of the various places in southern Spain named Jara or La Jara, from jara meaning "rockrose", "cistus".
JARAMILLO Spanish
Spanish habitational name from either of two places in the Burgos province: Jaramillo de la Fuente or Jaramillo Quemada.
JAREÑO Basque (Modern), Spanish
Perhaps "who lives among the rockroses".
JEREMIAS Jewish, Spanish
Derived from the Hebrew given name Jeremiah
JOAQUIM Portuguese, Catalan
From the personal name Joaquim.
JORQUERA Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Andalusian municipality.
JUAN Spanish
From the given name Juan.
JULIO Spanish
Derived from the forename Julio.
JURADO Spanish, 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).
KAYANO Japanese (Rare), Brazilian
Kaya means "yew tree",and No means "field,meadow,wilderness".People with this last name are Kayano Gonbei (a samurai),Ai Kayano(a voice actress of MANY characters /more than 30),and Shigeru Kayano(an Ainu politician who lived well up to 2006)... [more]
KRAIS German, Brazilian
Brazilian adaptation of the German surname Greis; altered for easier comprehension by the Portuguese-speaking population of Brazil.
LABRADOR Spanish, 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
LACERDA Portuguese, 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)’.
LANEZO Spanish
Means "Lanezo's street" from Basque abas "Lanezo" and kale "street".
LAPETINA South American, Italian (?)
Possibly from Italian La Petina, the meaning of which is uncertain.
LARANJEIRA Portuguese
It means "orange tree".
LARRAZABAL Basque, Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Arteaga, Comarca of Arratia-Nerbioi.
LAURA Spanish
Of uncertain origin; in some cases, it is possibly a habitational name from a place named Laura.
LEAL Portuguese, Spanish
Means "loyal" in Portuguese and Spanish. A famous bearer of this surname is Roberto Leal, a very popular singer in Portugal.
LEDO Spanish, Galician, Portuguese
Nickname from ledo meaning ‘happy’, ‘joyful’
LEGASPI Spanish, Filipino, Tagalog, Cebuano, Hiligaynon
Hispanicised form of Basque Legazpi.
LEITAO Portuguese
Portuguese metonymic occupational name for a keeper of pigs, or nickname meaning ‘piglet’, from Portuguese leitão ‘(suckling) pig’.
LEITE Portuguese, Galician
Meaning "milk".... [more]
LEMÕNS Spanish (Rare)
Variant of Lemons.
LENCASTRE Portuguese
From the English surname Lancaster. Brought to Portugal by Phillipa Lancaster, who later married King John I.
LEÓN Spanish
Refers to a person from León, Spain. Which was derived from the regions' original Latin name "Legio" meaning Legion.
LEONADO Spanish
The color tawny which is an orange, brown color. This descriptive surname was given to the Filipino people by the Spanish when the Philippines was colonized.
LEONARDO Italian, Spanish, German
Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese from the Germanic personal name Leonhard, formed from the elements leo ‘lion’ + hard, ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’; this was an early medieval saint’s name (see Leonard).
LEONES Spanish
from the spanish term "leon" meaning lion or puma.... [more]
LICONA Spanish
Habitational name from a place called Likoa in Basque Country.
LINDE German, Dutch, Jewish, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Topographic name for someone who lived by a conspicuous lime tree, from Middle High German, Dutch linde, Scandinavian lind. There are several places, especially in North Germany, named with this word... [more]
LIZ Spanish
History unknown; surname known in the Dominican Republic
LOPES Portuguese
Portuguese form of Lopez.
LORÉN Spanish
A variant of the Spanish personal name Llorente.
LOYA Basque, Spanish
From Basque loya meaning "mud."
LUCERO English, Spanish
The surname "Lucero" was derived from English conquerers who came from England, most likely someone who worked for a king or queen. The term Lucero refers to a "star" or "light carrier" when the English traveled to Spain, the Spanish people gave them the name "Lucero" but earlier was spelled with an "s or Lusero"... [more]
LUCÍA Spanish, Italian
From the feminine personal name Lucia, feminine derivative of Latin lux meaning "light".
LUGO Spanish
Galician and Spanish habitational name from Lugo, a city in Galicia. This was a Roman settlement under the name of Lucus Augusti ‘grove or wood of Augustus’, but that may have been no more than an adaptation of an earlier name derived from that of the Celtic god Lugos.
LUJÁN Spanish
This is the second last name of Spanish footballer/soccer player Andrés Iniesta.
LUNA Spanish
Indicates someone who originally inhabited one of the various locations named Luna in the provinces of Zaragoza, Araba, or Lleón in Spain. The name itself is derived from Latin lūna meaning "moon".
MACARRO Spanish
From the verb Macar meaning 'to bruise'
MADEIRAS Portuguese
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
MADERA Spanish
describing someone who lived or worked in a forest. the word Madera means "wood" in Spanish. Spanish meaning of surname Wood
MADRIGAL Spanish
"Madrigal" comes from from the Venetian madregal "simple, ingenuous," from Late Latin matricalis "invented, original," literally "of or from the womb," from matrix (gen. matricis) "womb."
MADRIZ Spanish, Catalan
patronymic surname meaning "son of Madrileño"; given to a person that came from Madrid, Spain.
MADROÑERO Spanish
It literally means "strawberry farmer".
MAESTRE Portuguese, Spanish
Occupational name from old Spanish and Portuguese maestre meaning 'master', 'master craftsman', 'teacher'.
MAGAÑA Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Castilian municipality.
MAIA Portuguese
Habitational name from any of several places named Maia, especially one in Porto.
MAIRENA Spanish
This indicates familial origin within either of 3 Andalusian localities: Mairena, Municipality of Nevada, Mairena del Alcor, or Mairena del Aljarafe.
MALDONADO Spanish, Portuguese
From mal donado meaning "badly endowed" (literally, "badly given"). Also used for people originating from the Spanish village of Maldonado.
MANJARRÉS Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Riojan municipality.
MANUEL Spanish, Portuguese, French, German
Derived from the given name Manuel.
MANUEL Catalan, Spanish
Possibly also a habitational name from Manuel in Valencia province.
MAQUEDA Spanish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 eponymous localities: the Manchego municipality or the neighborhood of the Andalusian municipality of Málaga.
MARCHANT French, English, Spanish
Variant of Marchand, from French marchand meaning "merchant, mercantile". Though it is of French origin, it was transferred into the Spanish-speaking world, especially Chile, by French invasion of the Iberian Peninsula.
MARCHENA Spanish
This indicates familial origin within either of 4 Andalusian localities or 1 Murcian locality.
MARCO Spanish, Italian
From the personal name Marco, from Latin Marcus (see Mark).
MARMOLEJO Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Andalusian municipality.
MARQUES Portuguese
Means "Son of Marcos" in Portuguese
MARRERO Italian, Spanish
Maker of spades or hoes. Marra spade
MARROQUIN Spanish
Spanish or Portuguese
MARTCHUK Brazilian
Brazilian form of Marchuk.
MARTELLE English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese
English and German: from a medieval personal name, a pet form of Martin or Marta.... [more]
MARTINES Portuguese
Means "Son of Martin." Portuguese form of Martínez.
MARTINIEN Spanish (Latin American)
A rare Latin American form of Martinez or Martin, meaning "Warring" or "At war"
MARZON Spanish
Is a portmanteau of the words mar, meaning sea, and corazon, meaning heart.
MATHIAS French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese
French, Dutch: from the personal name Mathias (see Matthew).... [more]
MATIAS Filipino, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Czech (Americanized)
Spanish (Matías), Portuguese, and Dutch: from the personal name (see Matthew).... [more]
MAULEON Spanish (Archaic)
All I know is that there is a place in spain "Basque Country" that their town, apartments, holtes are named Mauleon. The language spoken is Basque a form of "Spanish and French"
MEDRANO Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Riojan municipality.
MEJIA Spanish
Spanish (Mejía): probably from a religious byname (possibly under Jewish influence), from a vernacular form of Latin, Greek Messias ‘Messiah’, from Hebrew māšīaḥ ‘anointed’.
MELGOSA Spanish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Castilian municipalities, Melgosa de Burgos or Melgosa de Villadiego. It could also indicate familial origin within the Manchego municipality La Melgosa.
MELILLO Spanish, Italian
describing someone who worked on an apple orchard,harvesting and selling apples from the italian mela