From the name of the Spanish town of Alburquerque, near the Portuguese border in the province of Badajoz. It is probably derived from Latin alba quercus
meaning "white oak".
Designated a person who had originally lived in the town of Almeida in Portugal. The place name is from Arabic ال مائدة (al ma'idah)
meaning "the plateau, the table".
Denoted a person hailing from one of the many areas that bear this name in Portugal, which is of unknown meaning.
BARROS Portuguese, Spanish
From the Portuguese and Spanish word barro
meaning "clay, mud"
. This could either be an occupational name for a person who worked with clay or mud such as a builder or artisan, or a topographic name for someone living near clay or mud.
From places named from Late Latin capralis
meaning "place of goats"
, derived from Latin capra
in Portuguese, perhaps originally referring to a person who lived near such a tree.
CHAVES Portuguese, Spanish
From the name of a Portuguese city, derived from the Roman name FLAVIUS
(being named for the emperor Vespasian, whose family name was Flavius).
From the Portuguese word for "rabbit"
, either a nickname or an occupational name referring to a hunter or seller of rabbits.
COSTA Portuguese, Italian, Catalan
Means "riverbank, slope, coast"
in Portuguese, Italian and Catalan, ultimately from Latin meaning "side, edge".
DELGADO Spanish, Portuguese
in Spanish and Portuguese, ultimately from Latin delicatus
meaning "delicate, tender, charming".
FERREIRA Portuguese, Galician
Denoted a person from a town named because it was near an iron mine, from Latin ferrum
FERRO Italian, Portuguese
, ultimately from Latin ferrum
. This was an occupational name for one who worked with iron.
FONSECA Spanish, Portuguese
Originally belonged to a person who lived near a dry spring, from Latin fons
"well, spring" and siccus
in Portuguese, a name for one who lived on broken, stony ground.
From the name of the city of Gouveia in Portugal, of unknown meaning.
MACHADO Portuguese, Spanish
Denoted a person who made or used hatchets, derived from Spanish and Portuguese machado "hatchet"
, both from Latin marculus
Denoted a person hailing from one of the numerous minor places of this name in Portugal, possibly of Celtic origin.
MATA Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan
From Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan mata
meaning "trees, shrubs"
, possibly from Late Latin matta
meaning "reed mat".
From various Portuguese place names that were derived from Portuguese medeiro
, ultimately from Latin meta
meaning "cone, pyramid".
NOGUEIRA Portuguese, Galician
From Portuguese and Galician nogueira
meaning "walnut tree"
, from the Late Latin nucarius
, ultimately from Latin nux
Means "olive tree"
in Portuguese, ultimately from Latin oliva
. It indicated a person who lived near or worked with olive trees.
PAREDES Portuguese, Spanish
Denoted a person who lived near a wall, from Portuguese parede
and Spanish pared
, both derived from Latin paries
PEREIRA Portuguese, Galician
From Portuguese and Galician pereira
meaning "pear tree"
, ultimately from Latin pirum
Means "little river, stream"
in Portuguese, ultimately from Latin riparius
Originally denoted a person who lived near a river, from Portuguese rios "river"
, ultimately from Latin rivus
in Portuguese. This name was often given to people born on the day of the festival of Our Lady of the Rosary.
SANTOS Portuguese, Spanish
in Portuguese and Spanish, ultimately from Latin sanctus
. This was a nickname for a pious person.
SILVA Portuguese, Spanish
From Spanish or Portuguese silva
. This is the most common surname in Portugal and Brazil.
Originally indicated someone who lived near the River Sousa in Portugal, possibly derived from Latin salsus
"salty" or saxa