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CONTRIBUTOR: o cão on 4/15/2012
Meaning & History
Carvalho (Portuguese pronunciation: kɐɾˈvaʎu
), meaning 'oak', is a Portuguese surname, also sometimes used as a Sephardic Jewish surname as well as by families with genetic Norman descent.
The surname is most popular in Portugal, Brazil, Galicia (although in Galicia it may be spelled "Carbajal" or 'Carvallo' or 'Carballo'), the former Portuguese African colonies (Angola, Mozambique, etc.) and people from the State of Goa in India as well as from Vasai, a town to the north of Mumbai in India.