South American Surnames

South American names include those from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
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Abarca Spanish
From the name of a type of leather-soled shoe or sandal made on the Balearic Islands. It originally indicated a person who made or sold this item.
Abascal Spanish
Means "priest's street" from Basque abas "priest" and kale "street".
Abel 1 English, French, Danish, Spanish, Portuguese
Derived from the given name Abel.
Abraham Jewish, English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch
Derived from the given name Abraham.
Abreu Portuguese, Galician
Meaning uncertain, possibly from a given name that was of Germanic origin.
Acosta Spanish
Spanish form of Da Costa (from a misdivision of the surname).
Agua Spanish
Means "water" in Spanish, indicating a person who lived near water or worked with water.
Aguado Spanish
Derived from Spanish agua "water", indicating a person who lived near water or worked with water.
Aguilar Spanish
From a place name that was derived from Spanish águila meaning "eagle", ultimately from Latin aquila.
Aiza Spanish, Basque
From Basque aitz meaning "rock, stone".
Alamilla Spanish
From Spanish alamillo meaning "poplar, aspen".
Albuquerque Portuguese
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".
Alfaro Spanish
Originally denoted someone who was from the city of Alfaro in La Rioja, Spain. It is possibly derived from Arabic meaning "the watchtower".
Almeida Portuguese
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".
Alonso Spanish
From the given name Alonso.
Alvarado Spanish
From a Spanish place name, possibly derived from Spanish alba "white".
Álvarez Spanish
Means "son of Álvaro".
Alves Portuguese
Means "son of Álvaro".
Amador Spanish
Derived from the given name Amador.
Andrés Spanish
Derived from the given name Andrés.
Antonio Spanish
Derived from the given name Antonio.
Antúnez Spanish
Means "son of Antonio".
Aquino Italian, Spanish
From the name of an Italian town near Rome, derived from Latin aqua meaning "water", the home town of the 13th-century saint Thomas Aquinas. In Italy the surname is derived directly from the town's name. As a Spanish-language surname, it was sometimes bestowed by missionaries in honour of the saint as they evangelized in Spanish colonies.
Araújo Portuguese
Denoted a person hailing from one of the many areas that bear this name in Portugal, which is of unknown meaning.
Araujo Spanish
Spanish form of Araújo.
Araya Spanish
Denoted a person from Araia in the Basque Country, Spain. It is of uncertain meaning.
Arce Spanish
Means "maple tree" in Spanish.
Arechavaleta Spanish
Originally indicated a person from the town of Aretxabaleta in Spain. It means "oak trees" in Basque.
Arenas Spanish
From various Spanish place names, which are derived from Spanish arena meaning "sand".
Arias Spanish
Possibly derived from a medieval given name, of Germanic origin.
Aritza Spanish, Basque
From Basque aritz meaning "oak tree". This was a nickname of Iñigo, the first king of Pamplona, Spain (9th century).
Armando Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Derived from the given name Armando.
Arreola Spanish
Variant of Arriola, found predominantly in Mexico.
Arriola Spanish, Basque
From Basque place names, themselves derived from Basque arri "stone" and -ola "place of, house".
Asís Spanish
Originally denoted a person from the Italian city of Assisi (called Asís in Spanish).
Asturias Spanish
From the name of a region in Spain, formerly a medieval kingdom. It is possibly derived from Basque asta "rock" and ur "water".
Banderas Spanish
Spanish cognate of Banner.
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.
Basurto Spanish
From the Basque place name Basurtu, a village (now part of Bilbao) in Biscay. It means "middle of the forest".
Bautista Spanish
Derived from the given name Bautista.
Bello Spanish, Italian
Means "beautiful" in Spanish and Italian, originally a nickname for an attractive person.
Belmonte Spanish, Italian
From various place names in Italy and Spain meaning "beautiful mountain".
Belo Portuguese
Portuguese form of Bello.
Benítez Spanish
Means "son of Benito".
Bermúdez Spanish
Means "son of Bermudo".
Blanco Spanish
Means "white" in Spanish. The name most likely referred to a person who was pale or had blond hair.
Bolívar Spanish
From Bolibar, the name of a small Basque village, derived from Basque bolu "mill" and ibar "meadow". This name was borne by the revolutionary Simón Bolívar (1783-1830).
Borja Spanish
Originally indicated a person from the Spanish town of Borja in Aragon, derived from Arabic بُرْج (burj) meaning "tower".
Bosque Spanish
Spanish form of Bosco.
Bustillo Spanish
From the name of Spanish towns, diminutive forms of Busto.
Busto Spanish, Italian
From the name of towns in Spain and Italy, derived from Late Latin bustum meaning "ox pasture".
Bustos Spanish
Variant of Busto.
Caballero Spanish
From a nickname derived from Spanish caballero meaning "knight", a cognate of Chevalier.
Cabello Spanish
Means "hair" in Spanish, used as a nickname for a person with a large amount of hair.
Cabral Portuguese
From places named from Late Latin capralis meaning "place of goats", derived from Latin capra meaning "goat".
Cabrera Spanish
From various place names derived from Late Latin capraria meaning "place of goats", from Latin capra meaning "goat".
Calvo Spanish
Means "bald" in Spanish, from Latin calvus.
Campana Italian, Spanish
Occupational name from Late Latin campana meaning "bell", ultimately derived from the Italian region of Campania, where bells were produced.
Campo Spanish, Italian
Means "field" in Spanish and Italian.
Campos Portuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish variant of Campo.
Cano Spanish
Means "white-haired, old" in Spanish, from Latin canus.
Capela Portuguese
Portuguese form of Kappel.
Capilla Spanish
Spanish form of Kappel.
Cardoso Portuguese, Spanish
From a place name meaning "thorny" in Portuguese and Spanish, ultimately from Latin carduus.
Caro Spanish, Italian
From Spanish and Italian caro meaning "beloved".
Carrasco Spanish
Topographic name derived from Spanish carrasca meaning "holm oak" (species Quercus ilex).
Carvalho Portuguese
Means "oak" in Portuguese, perhaps originally referring to a person who lived near such a tree.
Casal Spanish
From the Spanish word casal meaning "house", ultimately from Late Late casalis and Latin casa.
Casales Spanish
Variant of Casal.
Castelo Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of Castle.
Castilla Spanish
Originally indicated a person from Castile, a region (and medieval kingdom) in Spain. The name of the region is derived from Late Latin castellum meaning "castle".
Castillo Spanish
Spanish cognate of Castle.
Castro Spanish, Portuguese
Means "castle" in Spanish and Portuguese, referring to one who lived near a castle.
Catalán Spanish
Originally indicated a person who came from Catalonia, a region of eastern Spain.
Cervantes Spanish
Possibly from Old Spanish servanto meaning "servant" or ciervo meaning "stag". A famous bearer was the Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616).
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).
Chávez Spanish
Variant of Chaves. A famous bearer was the labour leader César Chávez (1927-1993).
Coelho Portuguese
From the Portuguese word for "rabbit", either a nickname or an occupational name referring to a hunter or seller of rabbits.
Colón Spanish
Spanish form of Colombo.
Constantino Portuguese
From the given name Constantino.
Contreras Spanish
From the name of a town in Burgos, Spain, derived from Late Latin contraria meaning "area opposite".
Cortés Spanish
Means "polite, courteous" in Spanish.
Costa Portuguese, Italian, Catalan
Means "riverbank, slope, coast" in Portuguese, Italian and Catalan, ultimately from Latin meaning "side, edge".
Crespo Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Referred to a person with curly hair, from Latin crispus meaning "curly".
Cruz Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese cognate of Cross.
Cuéllar Spanish
Derived from the name of the town of Cuéllar in the Segovia province of Spain. It may be derived from Latin collis meaning "hill".
Cuesta Spanish
Spanish form of Costa.
Cuevas Spanish
Derived from Spanish cueva meaning "cave".
Dalí Spanish
From a given name, itself a diminutive of names beginning with the Germanic element adal meaning "noble". This was the surname of the Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dalí (1904-1989).
Daniel English, French, German, Portuguese, Polish, Czech, Romanian
Derived from the given name Daniel.
De la Cruz Spanish
Spanish cognate of Delacroix.
Dela Cruz Spanish (Filipinized)
Variant of De la Cruz primarily used in the Philippines (where it is the most common surname).
De la Fuente Spanish
Means "of the fountain" in Spanish.
Del Bosque Spanish
Means "of the forest" in Spanish.
De León Spanish
Referred to someone from the Leon region of Spain.
Delgado Spanish, Portuguese
Means "thin" in Spanish and Portuguese, ultimately from Latin delicatus meaning "delicate, tender, charming".
Del Olmo Spanish
Variant of Olmo.
Del Río Spanish
Means "of the river" in Spanish.
Dias Portuguese
Means "son of Diogo" in Portuguese.
Díaz Spanish
Means "son of Diego" in Spanish.
Díez Spanish
Means "son of Diego" in Spanish.
Domínguez Spanish
Means "son of Domingo".
Duarte Portuguese, Spanish
From the given name Duarte.
Durán Spanish
Spanish cognate of Durand.
Echeverría Spanish
Derived from the Basque place name Etxeberria, which itself is derived from Basque etxe "house" and berri "new".
Elizondo Spanish
Originally referred to a person who lived close to a church, from Basque eleiza "church" and ondo "near".
Escamilla Spanish
Derived from the name of the town of Escamilla in Gualadajara, Spain.
Escárcega Spanish
Derived from the Basque place name Eskarzaga, which itself is derived from Basque hazkar "maple".
Escarrà Spanish
Possibly from Catalan esquerrá meaning "left-handed".
Esparza Spanish
Derived from the Basque place name Espartza, a town in the province of Navarre.
Espina Spanish
Means "thorn" in Spanish, a name for someone who lived near a thorn bush.
Espino Spanish
Variant of Espina.
Espinosa Spanish
From Spanish espinoso meaning "thorny", ultimately from Latin spinosus, a derivative of spina meaning "thorn, spine".
Esteban Spanish
From the given name Esteban.
Esteves Portuguese
Means "son of Estevão".
Estévez Spanish
Means "son of Esteban".
Estrada Spanish
Spanish form of Street.
Expósito Spanish
Spanish cognate of Esposito.
Feliciano Portuguese, Spanish
From the given name Feliciano.
Félix French, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Felix.
Fernández Spanish
Means "son of Fernando". This is among the most common surnames in Spain.
Ferreira Portuguese, Galician
Denoted a person from a town named because it was near an iron mine, from Latin ferrum meaning "iron".
Ferro Italian, Spanish
Means "iron", ultimately from Latin ferrum. This was an occupational name for one who worked with iron.
Figueroa Spanish
From places named for Galician figueira meaning "fig tree".
Flores Spanish
Means "son of Floro" in Spanish.
Fonseca Spanish, Portuguese
Originally belonged to a person who lived near a dry spring, from Latin fons "well, spring" and siccus "dry".
Fontana Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish cognate of Fontaine.
Freitas Portuguese
Means "broken" in Portuguese, a name for one who lived on broken, stony ground.
Fuentes Spanish
Means "spring, well" in Spanish, derived from Latin fons.
Gallego Spanish
Originally indicated a person from Galicia, a region in northwestern Spain.
Gallo Italian, Spanish
Means "rooster", ultimately from Latin gallus. This was a nickname for a proud person.
García Spanish
From a medieval given name of unknown meaning, possibly related to the Basque word hartz meaning "bear". This is the most common surname in Spain.
Garcia Portuguese
Portuguese form of García.
Garrido Spanish
Means "elegant, ostentatious" in Spanish.
Garza Spanish
Derived from Spanish garza meaning "heron".
Gaspar Portuguese, Spanish
Derived from the given name Gaspar.
Gil Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Gil 1.
Gomes Portuguese
From the medieval given name Gomes.
Gómez Spanish
Spanish form of Gomes.
Gonçalves Portuguese
Means "son of Gonçalo" in Portuguese.
González Spanish
Means "son of Gonzalo" in Spanish. This is among the most common surnames in Spain.
Gouveia Portuguese
From the name of the city of Gouveia in Portugal, of unknown meaning.
Guadarrama Spanish
Derived from the name of the town of Guadarrama near Madrid.
Guerra Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From a nickname meaning "war", given to a belligerent person or one engaged in warfare.
Guerrero Spanish
Means "warrior" in Spanish, an occupational name for a soldier. It is derived from Late Latin werra "war", of Germanic origin.
Gutiérrez Spanish
Means "son of Gutierre".
Guzmán Spanish
From the name of the town of Guzmán in Burgos, Spain.
Hernández Spanish
Means "son of Hernando" in Spanish.
Herrera Spanish
Spanish form of Ferreira.
Herrero Spanish
Spanish cognate of Ferrari.
Hidalgo Spanish
Means "nobleman" in Spanish. The Spanish word is a contraction of the phrase hijo de algo meaning "son of something". This surname was typically in origin a nickname or an occupational name for one who worked in a noble's household.
Hierro Spanish
Spanish form of Ferro.
Holguín Spanish
Possibly from Spanish holgar "to rest, to enjoy oneself".
Huerta Spanish
Means "garden, orchard" in Spanish, ultimately from Latin hortus.
Ibáñez Spanish
Means "son of Ibán".
Ibarra Basque, Spanish
From Basque place names derived from ibar meaning "meadow".
Iglesias Spanish
From Spanish iglesia meaning "church", from Latin ecclesia (of Greek origin).
Íñiguez Spanish
Means "son of Íñigo" in Spanish.
Jesus Portuguese
Derived from the given name Jesus.
Jiménez Spanish
Means "son of Jimeno".
León 1 Spanish
Referred to a person from the city of León in northern Spain, derived from Latin legio (genitive legionis) meaning "legion", so named because the Roman 7th Legion Gemina was stationed there.
León 2 Spanish
From the given name León.
Lobo Spanish, Portuguese
Originally a nickname meaning "wolf" in Spanish and Portuguese.
Lopes Portuguese
Means "son of Lopo" in Portuguese.
López Spanish
Means "son of Lope" in Spanish.
Lopez Spanish
Variant of López.
Lorenzo Spanish
From the given name Lorenzo.
Losa Spanish
From Spanish losa meaning "tile, slab".
Loyola Spanish, Basque
From the name of a place name near the town of Azpeitia in the Basque Country of Spain, derived from Basque loi meaning "mud". This was the birthplace of Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), the founder of Jesuits.
Lozano Spanish
Means "healthy, exuberant, lively" in Spanish, originally used as a nickname for an elegant or haughty person.
Lucas English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch
Derived from the given name Lucas. A famous bearer of this surname is George Lucas (1944-), the creator of the Star Wars movies.
Luna Spanish
From various places in Spain meaning "moon".
Machado Portuguese, Spanish
Denoted a person who made or used hatchets, derived from Spanish and Portuguese machado "hatchet", both from Latin marculus "little hammer".
Macías Spanish
Derived from the given name Mateo.
Madeira Portuguese
Occupational name for a carpenter, from Portuguese madeira "wood".
Magalhães Portuguese
Denoted a person hailing from one of the numerous minor places of this name in Portugal, possibly of Celtic origin.
Magro Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From a nickname meaning "thin, lean", ultimately from Latin macer.
Maldonado Spanish
From a nickname meaning "badly given, ill-favoured" in Spanish.
Maradona Spanish
From the name of a place near Lugo in northern Spain. A notable bearer is the former Argentinian soccer star Diego Maradona (1960-).
María Spanish
From the given the name María.
Maria Italian, Portuguese
From the given the name Maria.
Marín Spanish
Derived from the given name Marino.
Marino Italian, Spanish
Derived from the given name Marino.
Marques Portuguese
Means "son of Marcos".
Márquez Spanish
Means "son of Marcos".
Martín Spanish
Derived from the given name Martín.
Martínez Spanish
Means "son of Martín" in Spanish.
Martins English, Portuguese
Derived from the given name Martin.
Mata Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan
From Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan mata meaning "trees, shrubs", possibly from Late Latin matta meaning "reed mat".
Mateus Portuguese
From the given name Mateus.
Medeiros Portuguese
From various Portuguese place names that were derived from Portuguese medeiro meaning "haystack", ultimately from Latin meta meaning "cone, pyramid".
Medina Spanish
Means "(Arab) city" in Spanish, derived from Arabic مدينة (madinah).
Melo Portuguese
Portuguese form of Merlo.
Mendes Portuguese
Portuguese form of Menéndez.
Mendoza Spanish, Basque
From a Basque place name derived from mendi "mountain" and hotz "cold".
Menéndez Spanish
Means "son of Menendo" in Spanish, the given name Menendo being a medieval Spanish form of Hermenegildo.
Merlo Italian, Spanish
Means "blackbird", ultimately from Latin merula. The blackbird is a symbol of a naive person.
Mingo Spanish
From the given name Domingo.
Molina Spanish
Means "mill" in Spanish.
Montaña Spanish
Spanish cognate of Montagna.
Montero Spanish
Derived from Spanish monte "mountain".
Mora Spanish
Derived from Spanish mora meaning "mulberry", of Latin origin.
Morales Spanish
Derived from Spanish moral meaning "mulberry tree", of Latin origin.
Moreno Spanish, Portuguese
From a nickname meaning "dark" in Spanish and Portuguese.
Muñoz Spanish
Patronymic derived from the medieval Spanish given name Muño, from Latin Munnius, possibly of Germanic origin.
Narváez Spanish
From the name of a town in central Spain.
Navarro Spanish
Denoted a person who came from Navarre in northern Spain (Spanish Navarra). The name of the region is of Basque origin, possibly from nabar meaning "brown".
Nieto Spanish
From a nickname meaning "grandson" in Spanish.
Nieves Spanish
From the given name Nieves.
Nogueira Portuguese, Galician
From Portuguese and Galician nogueira meaning "walnut tree", from the Late Latin nucarius, ultimately from Latin nux meaning "nut".
Noguera Spanish, Catalan
Spanish and Catalan form of Nogueira.
Nunes Portuguese
Means "son of Nuno".
Núñez Spanish
Spanish form of Nunes.
Obando Spanish
Habitational name for someone who came from Obando in Extremadura, Spain.
Ochoa Spanish
Spanish form of Otxoa.
Ojeda Spanish
From the name of the Ojeda river in Soria, Spain, possibly derived from Latin folia "leaves".
Oleastro Spanish
Means "wild olive" in Spanish, originally indicating one who lived near such a tree.
Oliveira Portuguese
Means "olive tree" in Portuguese, ultimately from Latin oliva. It indicated a person who lived near or worked with olive trees.
Olmo Spanish
Means "elm tree" in Spanish, ultimately from Latin ulmus. The name originally indicated a person who lived near such a tree.
Olmos Spanish
Variant of Olmo.
Oquendo Spanish
Originally indicated a person from the town of Okondo in Álava, northern Spain, possibly derived from Basque ukondo "elbow".
Orellana Spanish
Originally indicated a person from one of the two towns named Orellana in Badajoz, Spain. Their names are probably derived from Latin Aureliana meaning "of Aurelius".
Ortega Spanish
From a Spanish place name (belonging to various villages) derived from ortiga "nettle".
Ortiz Spanish
Means "son of Orti", a byname deriving either from Latin fortis meaning "brave, strong" or fortunius meaning "fortunate".
Otero Spanish
Means "hill, knoll, height" in Spanish.
Padilla Spanish
From various Spanish place names, derived from Spanish padilla, Latin patella meaning "shallow dish", used to indicate a depression in the landscape.
Palencia Spanish
Habitational name from the city or region of Palencia in northern Spain.
Palmeiro Portuguese
Portuguese form of Palmer.
Palomo Spanish
Means "pigeon, dove", from Latin palumbes.
Pantoja Spanish
Originally indicated a person from the town of Pantoja, in Toledo, Spain.
Pardo Spanish
Means "brown" in Spanish, originally a nickname for someone with brown hair.
Paredes Portuguese, Spanish
Denoted a person who lived near a wall, from Portuguese parede and Spanish pared meaning "wall", both derived from Latin paries.
Pascual Spanish
From the given name Pascual.
Pastor Spanish
Means "shepherd" in Spanish.
Pavía Spanish
Spanish form of Pavia.
Paz Spanish
Means "peace" in Spanish, originally a nickname for a calm person.
Peláez Spanish
Means "son of Pelayo".
Peña Spanish
Originally denoted a person who lived near a jutting rock, from Spanish peña meaning "rock, cliff".
Pereira Portuguese, Galician
From Portuguese and Galician pereira meaning "pear tree", ultimately from Latin pirum meaning "pear".
Pérez Spanish
Means "son of Pedro" in Spanish.
Perez Spanish
Variant of Pérez.
Pinheiro Portuguese
Means "pine tree" in Portuguese.
Pinho Portuguese
Habitational name meaning "pine" in Portuguese.
Pinto Portuguese, Spanish, Italian
Means "mottled" in Portuguese, Spanish and Italian, derived from Late Latin pinctus, Latin pictus "painted".
Porras Spanish, Catalan
From a nickname meaning "club" in Spanish and Catalan, ultimately from Latin porrum meaning "leek".
Prieto Spanish
From a nickname meaning "dark" in Spanish, referring to a person with dark hair or skin.
Puerta Spanish
Means "door, gate", a topographic name for a person who lived near the gates of the town.
Quesada Spanish
Habitational name from Quesada, a place in Jaén in southern Spain. The place name is of uncertain derivation; it could be connected to Old Spanish requexada meaning "corner, tight spot".
Quijada Spanish
Means "jaw" in Spanish, a nickname for someone with a large jaw.
Quijano Spanish
From the name of a village in northern Spain.
Quiñones Spanish
From various Spanish place names derived from quiñón meaning "shared piece of land", derived from Latin quinque "five".
Quintana Spanish, Catalan
Originally indicated someone who lived on a piece of land where the rent was a fifth of its produce, from Spanish and Catalan quintana "fifth", from Latin quintus.
Quirós Spanish
Denoted a person from one of the various places of this name in Spain, which may derive from Galician queiroa meaning "heather".
Ramires Portuguese
Means "son of Ramiro" in Portuguese.
Ramírez Spanish
Means "son of Ramiro" in Spanish.
Ramos Spanish
Originally indicated a person who lived in a thickly wooded area, from Latin ramus meaning "branch".
Rana Italian, Spanish
Means "frog" in Italian and Spanish.
Redondo Spanish
Means "round" in Spanish, originally a nickname for a plump person, ultimately from Latin rotundus.
Rendón Spanish
Possibly derived from a variant of Spanish de rondón meaning "unexpectedly, rashly".
Rey 1 English, Spanish, French, Catalan
Means "king" in Old French, Spanish and Catalan, ultimately from Latin rex (genitive regis), perhaps originally denoting someone who acted like a king.
Reyes Spanish
Spanish variant of Rey 1.
Ribeiro Portuguese
Means "little river, stream" in Portuguese, ultimately from Latin riparius meaning "riverbank".
Ríos Spanish
Spanish cognate of Rios.
Rios Portuguese
Originally denoted a person who lived near a river, from Portuguese rios "river", ultimately from Latin rivus.
Rivas Spanish
Spanish form of Riva.
Rivera Spanish
From Spanish ribera meaning "bank, shore", from Latin riparius.
Rivero Spanish
Variant of Rivera.
Robledo Spanish
Means "oak wood" from Spanish roble "oak", ultimately from Latin robur.
Robles Spanish
Originally indicated a person who lived near an oak tree or forest, from Spanish roble "oak", from Latin robur.
Rocha Portuguese, Galician
Portuguese and Galician cognate of Roach.
Rodrigues Portuguese
Means "son of Rodrigo" in Portuguese.
Rodríguez Spanish
Means "son of Rodrigo" in Spanish. This is among the most common surnames in Spain.