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Type Surname (from occupation)

Meaning & History

Ancient occupational or status name from alcaide from Arabic al-qāʾid "the leader, the commander" (see Kaid). The meaning of the Spanish and Portuguese word varied depending on period and region including "castellan" "constable of a castle" "customs officer" and "jailer".
Added 6/3/2023 by Paradiso36
Edited 4/29/2024 by Mike C