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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MENDOSA Spanish
Variant spelling of Mendoza.
MENGÍBAR Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Andalusian municipality.
MERCADO Spanish
From Spanish mercado "market", topographic name for someone living by a market or metonymic occupational name for a market trader.
MERINO Spanish
"Merino" where a kind of medieval judges in the kingdoms of Castille and Navarre (nowadays Spain). Besides solving controversies among the people, could have some role in the organization of their territories.... [more]
MESA Spanish
Derived from the Spanish word mesa meaning "table"; ultimately from Latin mēnsa which also means "table". This surname was used to refer to people who lived on a mesa, a hill that is flat at the top and steep along the sides.
MESÍAS Spanish, Spanish (Latin American)
Spanish, meaning Messiah.
MESTANZA Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
MIER Spanish, Dutch, English (American)
As a Spanish name relates to late summer and means "harvest" or "ripened".... [more]
MIGUEL Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Miguel.
MIJANGOS Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Castilian municipality of Merindad de Cuesta Urria.
MILÁN Spanish
Nickname from milán "kite" (the bird of prey).
MIQUELETOS Spanish
From the Spanish given name Miguel.
MIRAMONTES Spanish
Looker of mountains.
MIRANDA Spanish, 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".
MONDRAGÓN Spanish (Rare)
From a Spanish place name which is derived from Basque Mondragoe meaning "dragon mountain". The town of Mondragón is located in Gipuzkoa province, Basque Country, Spain.
MONIZ Portuguese
From the medieval Portuguese first name Muhno.... [more]
MONTEBLANCO French, Spanish
Originally from France "Mont Blanc" but translated when arrived in Spain.
MONTEIRO Portuguese (Modern)
Monteiro is the portuguese version of the spanish Montero
MONTEMAYOR Spanish
Habitational name from any of several places called Montemayor, from monte meaning "mountain" + mayor meaning "main", "larger", "greater", in particular in the provinces of Cordova, Salamanca, and Valladolid.
MONTES Spanish
Derived from Spanish monte "mountain".
MONTES DE OCA Spanish
Spanish surname meaning "mounts of goose".
MONTIEL Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
MONTOYA Spanish, Basque
meaning "mountain"... [more]
MONZON Spanish
Habitational name from Monzón, a place in Uesca province, which is probably named from Latin montione ‘big mountain’.
MORAES Portuguese
From the Portuguese form of Spanish Morales.
MORATALLA Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Murcian municipality.
MOREIRA Portuguese, Galician
Habitational name from any of the numerous places in Portugal and Galicia called Moreira, from moreira meaning "mulberry tree".
MORGADO Portuguese
Means "eldest brother" in Portuguese
MOROS Spanish
Habitational name from Moros in Zaragoza province, so named from the plural of moro ‘Moor’, i.e. ‘the place where the Moors live’.
MOURA Portuguese
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]
MOYANO Spanish
Habitational name for someone from Moya, from an adjectival form of the place name.
MURCIA Spanish
Habitational name from the city Murcia.
NÁJERA Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Riojan municipality.
NARANJO Spanish
Topographic name for someone who lived by an orange grove, from Spanish naranjo ‘orange tree’ (from naranja ‘orange’, Arabic nāránjya), or a habitational name from a place named Naranjo in A Coruña and Códoba provinces... [more]
NASCIMENTO Portuguese (Brazilian)
Means "birth, nativity" in Portuguese, from Late Latin nascimentum, a derivative of Latin nasci "to be born". This was originally a religious byname. It was also an epithet of the Virgin Mary (Maria do Nascimento), and was used as a given name for children born on Christmas.
NATAL Portuguese, 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.
NATIVIDAD Spanish
From the personal name Natividad "nativity, Christmas", from Latin nativitas "birth", genitive nativitatis, usually bestowed with reference to the Marian epithet María de la Natividad... [more]
NAVARRO Spanish, French, English
Describes a former member of the ancient kingdom of Navarre. Possibly means 'the treeless country' or 'the country above the trees'
NAVAS Spanish
Pural form of Spanish and Asturian-Leonese Nava (see also Naves).... [more]
NEGRO Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Jewish
Nickname or ethnic name from negro "black" (Latin niger), denoting someone with dark hair or a dark complexion.
NEGRO Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Jewish
From a medieval continuation of the Latin personal name Niger.
NEGRON Spanish, Italian
This surname is a most likely variant of the word and name Negro.
NESSIM Spanish, Jewish, Hebrew
Hebrew for 'miracles'. Name was originally Bar-Nisim; 'Children of the Miricle'
NIÑO Spanish
Nickname from Spanish niño meaning "child", "boy". This was often given to a first-born son as a familiar name.
NORONHA Portuguese
Derived from Noreña, the name of a village in Asturias, northern Spain.
NOVO Galician, 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.
OBREGÓN Spanish
Spanish habitational name from Obregón in Santander province.
OCAÑA Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
OCASIO Spanish
Possibly from the Spanish word ocaso, meaning "sunset, dusk".
OCÓN Spanish
This indicates familial origin within either the eponymous Riojan municipality or the Ocón de Villafranca neighborhood of the Castilian municipality of Villafranca Montes de Oca.
OLIVEIRA Portuguese
Means "olive tree" in Portuguese.
OROZCO Spanish, Basque
Comes from the Bilbao province in the Basque region of Spain.
OSEGUERA Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Castilian municipality of Valle de Mena.
OTERO Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Castilian municipality.
PACANA Spanish
From pacana meaning "pecan", "pecan tree", a word of Algonquin origin. This surname is also found in the Philippines.
PACHECO Spanish, Portuguese
1.Spanish and Portuguese: from a personal name of uncertain, possibly pre-Roman, origin.... [more]
PADILLA Spanish
Habitational name from any of the various minor places, for example in the provinces of Burgos, Guadalajara, and Valladolid, named from Spanish padilla ‘frying pan’, ‘breadpan’ (Latin patella, a diminutive of patina ‘shallow dish’), a word which was commonly used in the topographical sense of a gentle depression.
PAGÁN Spanish
Castilianized spelling of Catalan Pagà, from the Late Latin personal name Paganus, which originally meant "dweller in an outlying village" (see Paine).
PALENCIA Spanish
Habitational name from the city or region of Palencia in northern Spain.
PALMA Spanish, 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]
PANTOJA Spanish
Habitational name from a Pantoja in Toledo.
PÃO Portuguese
Metonymic occupational name for a baker, from pão meaning "bread"
PAR Portuguese
Derived from Portuguese meaning "pair, couple, equal".
PARDO Spanish (Latin American)
Originally a nickname for someone with dark hair or complexion... [more]
PASTRANA Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
PAZ Spanish
Spanish surname meaning ''peace''.
PEDROSA Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Galician
Habitational name from any of numerous places named Pedrosa, from pedroso, pedrosa meaning "stoney", an adjectival derivative of pedra meaning "stone".
PEDROSO Portuguese
Its origin is the word "pedra", which means "stone".
PEEBLES Scottish, Spanish (?)
Habitational name from places so named in Scotland. The place names are cognate with Welsh pebyll "tent, pavilion".
PELLICER Spanish
Spanish variant of Pelletier
PEÑALVER Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
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.
PERES Jewish, Galician, Portuguese
Derived from the given name Perez, a son of Judah by Tamar, and may also be spelled Perez or Peretz. It is also Galician and Portuguese, but means "Son of Pedro", and is a patronymic in those languages.
PERSAUD South American
The name Persaud means "Gracious gift" originally deriving from Hindi "Prasad". The name has connection to multiple Asian religions including Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam where "Prasada" is a food that is used in religious offering.... [more]
PICHARDO Spanish
Spanish form of the surname Picard
PICO Spanish
meaning beak of a bird, or peak of a mountain in spanish... [more]
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"
PIRES Portuguese (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]
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.
POMBAL Portuguese
from the portuguese word: pombo meaning "dove", "pigeon". ... [more]
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.
PRETO Portuguese
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
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]
QUISPE Quechua, Native American
Derived from Quechua qispi meaning "free".
RACHLYN Jewish (Rare), Polish (Rare), Brazilian (Rare)
Rachlyn is a Jewish surname derived directly from polish "Rachman". This surname is very rare and apparently only few members in Brazil, descendants of Polish survivors of Holocaust.... [more]
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.
REGO Portuguese
Primarily Iberian, particularly Portuguese in origin. A topographic name for someone who lived by a channel.
REGUEIRO Galician, 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.
REIS Portuguese
Means "kings" in Portuguese.
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.
REQUIÃO Portuguese
Derived from the name of a village in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal, ultimately from the name of Rechila, a 5th-century Suevic king of Gallaecia.
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.
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
Denotes someone who was 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.
Portuguese, Galician
Variant spelling of Saa, a habitational name from any of the numerous places named Saa, mainly in northern Portugal and Galicia.
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.
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 people from Palencia, Segovia, or Burgos.
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.
SANCHES Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of Sanchez.
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 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.
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]
SÃO JOÃO Portuguese
Means "St. John" in Portuguese.
SÃO PEDRO Portuguese
Means Saint Peter in Portuguese.
SARAIVA Portuguese
It literally means "hail".
SARAMAGO Portuguese
It's the name of a plant.
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]
SARDINHA Portuguese
Portuguese last name meaning "sardine seller".
SEGURA Spanish, Catalan, American (Hispanic)
Derived from Spanish segura "safe, secure".
SENNA Portuguese
Possibly coming from the surname "Sanna", it may mean "one with a big protruding tooth".... [more]
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
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.
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
SPÍNOLA Portuguese
Portuguese topographic name from a diminutive of espinha ‘thorn’, ‘thorn bush’.
STA MARIA Spanish
Means "St. Mary"
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.
TEIXEIRA Portuguese
From the portuguese teixo meaning "yew"; or "yew tree". yew is a type of shrub
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]
TIAGO Portuguese
From the given name Tiago.
TICO Spanish
From the given Tico.
TOBAR Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Castilian municipality.
TOLENTINO Spanish
A town and commune of about 19,000 inhabitants, in the province of Macerata in the Marche region of central Italy.
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
VAGULA Estonian, Brazilian
Vagula is the name of a village and a lake in Võru Parish, Võru County in southern Estonia.
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.
VALENTE Italian, Galician, Portuguese
Italian, Galician, and Portuguese: nickname from valente ‘brave’, ‘valiant’.... [more]
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.
VALIENTE Spanish
From a nickname based on valiente "brave".
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).
VANDERLEI Brazilian
It derives from the Dutch surname Van der Leij/Ley. The surname arrived in Brazil by Kaspar Nieuwhoff Van Der Leij by 1630, a cavalry captain from the Dutch army.
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. In some cases possibly a habitational name from any of various places in Logroño, Soria, and Seville provinces named Velasco.
VÉLEZ Spanish
Patronymic from the personal name VELA.
VÉLEZ Spanish
Habitational name from any of various places in Andalusia called Vélez.
VELÊZ Portuguese
Possibly a habitational name from Vellés in Salamanca.