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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VELOSO Spanish
From the Brazilian Spanish word for fast.
From the hybridization of Ben, meaning "son" in Arabic or Jewish, and Ega(s), a medieval given name of Visigothic origin.
VERA Spanish
Habitational name for someone from any of the various locations in Spain named Vera or La Vera. The name itself is derived from the Spanish vera meaning "shore, river bank".
VERDE Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From Spanish verde "green" (Latin viridis), presumably a nickname for someone who habitually dressed in this color or had green eyes, etc. This is also a common element of place names.
Habitational name from any of the places so called.
VEYERA Portuguese (Modern)
Originated in East Providence, RI about 1900 variation of the common Vieira portuguese surname.
VICENTE Spanish, Portuguese
From the personal name Vicente, Spanish and Portuguese equivalent of Vincent.
VIEGAS Portuguese (Rare)
Portuguese variant of Venegas.
VIEIRA Portuguese
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.
VIEIRA Portuguese
Habitational name from any of numerous minor places called Vieiria.
VIGIL Spanish
Comes from the word "vigil", which is Latin for "vigilia" and "wakefulness".
VILLALBA Spanish, Spanish (Latin American)
Habitual surname for someone from any of the various locations named Villalba, itself derived from villa "farmstead, settlement, small town" and alba "white" or "dawn, sunrise"... [more]
It first came from a Spanish village town.
VILLARD Galician, Portuguese
A Galician and Portuguese surname in the north of Iberian Peninsula. It's a last name belonging to ancient Celtic tribes.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Castilian municipality of Merindad de Montija.
Presumably a name given to someone from Villatoro, Spain
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Castilian municipality.
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Riojan municipalities in the Comarca of Anguiano: Viniegra de Arriba or Viniegra de Abajo.
VIRTUOSO English (American), Spanish, Italian
This Italian surname could possibly be connected to those whose ancestors were involved in playing a musical instrument or somehow connected to the musical instrument industry.
This indicates familial origin within the Castilian locality of Vivanco de Mena.
YÁÑEZ Spanish
Patronymic of JUAN.
YUPANQUI Quechua (Hispanicized), Native American
Derived from Quechua yupanki meaning "accountant".
ZALDÍVAR Basque, Spanish
Derived from Basque zaldi meaning "horse" combined with ibar meaning "valley". This is also the name of a town in Biscay, Spain.
ZAMORA Spanish
Comes from the ancient city of Zamora in Northwest Spain. It means "wild olives."
ZAPATA Spanish
Occupational surname for a shoemaker; derived from the Spanish word zapato meaning "shoe".
ZAPATO Spanish
Means "shoe" in Spanish.
ZARAGOZA Spanish, Aragonese
Name given to someone who was from the city Zaragoza in the Aragon region in Spain.
ZARTA South American
Chiefly used in Colombia.
ZEGARRA Spanish (Latin American)
Possibly a Castilianized form of the Catalan Segarra.
ZÚÑIGA Spanish
Spanish form of Zuñiga.