Central American Submitted Surnames

Central American names include those from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.
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Sard English, French, Spanish, Italian
In the book surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary by Henry Harrison and Gyda (Pulling) Harrison 1912 - Reprinted 1996. The Sard surname (which has been in England, Italy and Europe for a long time) is defined thus on page 136.... [more]
Sardina Italian, Spanish, Galician
From sardina Galician sardiña "sardine" used for someone as a catcher or seller of the fish or a nickname for a thin person.
Sargento Spanish, Portuguese, Filipino
Spanish and Portuguese form of Sergeant. It's also mostly used in the Philippines.
Saviñón Spanish
Probably of French origin, an altered form of Savignon which is from a pet form of the personal name Savin or a habitational name from place called Savignon in Ardèche.
Schaal German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Jewish
Either a nickname for a braggart or a market crier, (derived from Middle High German schal meaning "noise, bragging"), an occupational name for someone who made dishes for scales and vessels for drinking, (from Middle Low German and Dutch schale "dish"), a habitational name from Schaala in Thuringia or the Schaalsee lake near Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, or a topographic name for someone living on marshy land, (from Dutch schald "shallow")... [more]
Sebastián Spanish
From the given name Sebastián.
Segoviano Spanish
One who came from Segovia, a region from Spain.
Segundo Spanish
From the given name Segundo.
Segura Spanish, Catalan, American (Hispanic)
Derived from Spanish segura "safe, secure".
Sequeira Portuguese, Spanish
Portuguese variant and Spanish form of Siqueira.
Serafín Spanish, Galician
From the given name Serafín.
Serbia Spanish
Unknown.. researching history of the spanish name that was first identify being used in Utado Puerto, Rico in 1790s by Fransico Serbia and Paula Serbia Filare
Serote Spanish (Filipinized)
Means fecal matter in Spanish
Severiano Spanish
From the given name Severiano
Severo Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Severo
Sevilla Spanish
Habitational name from the city of Seville (or Sevilla) in Andalusia, Spain. The city's name is probably derived from Phoenician šplh meaning "valley, plain" through Arabic إِشْبِيلِيَة‎ (ʾišbīliya).
Seville Spanish, English
a city in southwestern Spain; a major port and cultural center; the capital of bullfighting in Spain. Synonyms: Sevilla Example of: city, metropolis, urban center. a large and densely populated urban area; may include several independent administrative districts... [more]
Sicilia Spanish, Italian
Denotes someone from Sicily.
Sigüenza Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
Silvestre Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Silvestre.
Silveyra Spanish
Topographic name from silveira 'woodland', a collective derivative of silva (see Silva ); or a habitational name from any of the places called Silveira in Lugo and Pontevedra provinces, Galicia, Iberia.
Simancas Spanish
It indicates familial origin within either of 2 places: the municipality in the Comarca of Campiña del Pisuerga or the administrative neighborhood of the Madrid district of San Blas-Canillejas.
Simplicio Italian, Spanish
From the given name Simplicio
Sobalvarro Spanish
Sobalvarro/Sobalbarro is a surname with known origins in the Iberian Peninsula. The first record of the name appears in the Basque regions of Spain. The name was purportedly constructed by combining the family name of Soba with the newly given Christian name, Alvarro.
Sofia Spanish
From the given name Sofia.
Solana Spanish (Latin American)
Derived from solano 'place exposed to the sun'
Solano Spanish, Aragonese
From various Spanish place names, which are derived from Spanish solano meaning "place exposed to the sun" (from Late Latin solanus "pertaining to the sun", a derivative of sol "sun")... [more]
Solar Spanish (Rare), Catalan, Aragonese, Asturian
Spanish, Catalan, Aragonese, and Asturian-Leonese: topographic name from Latin solarius ‘ancestral home’ (a derivative of solum ‘ground’, ‘floor’), perhaps denoting someone who lived near or at the house of an important family.
Solíz Spanish
Variant of Solís.
Solomón Jewish, Spanish
From the given name Solomón.
Solorio Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the vicinity of the Sierra de Solorio mountain range that straddles Aragon, La Mancha, & Old Castile.
Solórzano Spanish
Habitational name for someone originally from the municipality of Solórzano in Cantabria, Spain.
Sonora Spanish
From Spanish sonoro meaning "sonorous", perhaps a nickname for a loud person.
Soria Spanish (Rare)
The Spanish last name, Soria, comes from a city in Spain called Soria
Soriano Spanish
Habitational sephardic name for someone from Soria in Castile, from the adjective soriano 'from Soria'.
Sotelo Spanish
From any of various places in Galicia named Soutelo, derived from Galician souto meaning "grove, plantation".
Sotero Galician, Spanish (?)
From the given name Sotero
Sotomayor Spanish
Castilianized form of Soutomaior.
Spain English, Spanish (Anglicized)
Derived from a geographical locality. 'of Spain.' A very early incomer.
Sta Maria Spanish
Means "St. Mary"
Suarez Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of Suárez primarily used in America and the Philippines.
Suazo Spanish, Spanish (Latin American), Basque
"Castilianized form of Basque Zuhatzu, habitational name from places in Araba and Navarre named Zuhatzu, from Basquezu(h)aitz‘tree’ + the collective suffix -zu, tsu."... [more]
Subercaseaux French, Spanish (Latin American)
The Subercaseaux family is a Chilean family of French descent. They became well known during the 19th century due to their wealth amassed in Norte Chico. They have played a very significant role in Chilean mining, winemaking, politics and arts.
Sudan Arabic, Italian, Spanish
Ethnic name or regional name for someone from Sudan or who had traded with Sudan. The name of the country is ultimately derived from Arabic سُود (sud) meaning "black", referring to the darker skin of the inhabitants.
Sultán Spanish, Galician
Spanish and Galician form of Sultan.
Tabares Spanish
Spanish form of Tavares.
Tabernero Spanish
Tabernero is a Spanish-language occupational surname literally meaning "tavern keeper".
Tadeo Spanish
From the given name Tadeo
Tafolla Spanish
Possibly a derivative of southern Spanish tafulla, tahulla, a term denoting a measure of land. The surname is not found in present-day Spain.
Tafoya Spanish
Possibly a variant of Tafolla.
Talamantes Spanish
Habitational name from Talamantes in Zaragoza province
Talavera Spanish
Spanish: habitational name from any of several places named Talavera, especially Talavera de la Reina in Toledo province.
Tallón Spanish
Either a Spanish variant of Catalan Talló (see Tallo) or a habitational name from any of the places in A Coruña, Ourense, and Pontevedra provinces called Tallón.
Tamayo Spanish
from a town in the burgos region in spain.
Tarancón Spanish
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
Tardáguila Spanish
Tardáguila is a Spanish surname that is believed to have originated from the Basque region of Spain. The surname is a combination of the words "tarda", which means late, and "aguila", which means eagle... [more]
Tartaro Spanish
Ethnic name or regional name for someone who was from Tatarstan or who had traded with Tatarstan.
Tejada Spanish
Meaning "roof" or "lime tree."
Tejeda Spanish
Variant of Tejada.
Tejero Spanish
Occupational Spanish surname for a tiler, its origin may be in Saragossa, Spain. A famous bearer is Antonio Tejero, a Lieutenant Colonel who was responsible for the 23-F coup attempt.
Téllez Spanish
from the given name Tello which is the Spanish form of the name Tellus, meaning "earth" in Latin
Tenorio Spanish
Possibly a habitational name from a place called Tenorio in Pontevedra province, Spain.
Tercero Spanish
Means "third" in Spanish (see Tercero).
Tesoro Spanish, Italian
from tesoro "treasure" (from Latin thesaurus "hoard") applied as a metonymic occupational name for a treasurer. In some cases this may be a habitational name from El Tesoro in southern Spain... [more]
Tiburcio Spanish
From the given name Tiburcio
Tico Spanish
From the given Tico.
Timoteo Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
From the given name Timoteo.
Tirado Spanish
Likely a nickname for a person with long limbs, from the Spanish tirado meaning "stretched".
Tobar Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Castilian municipality.
Tobías Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Jewish
From the given name Tobías.
Toledo Spanish
Habitational name from the city of Toledo in Spain, derived from Latin Toletum of uncertain meaning.
Tolentino Spanish, Filipino, Portuguese, Italian (Rare), Judeo-Italian
Ultimately derived from the name of a town in the province of Macerata, Italy (see Tolentino). This was adopted as a Spanish given name in honour of the 14th-century Italian saint and mystic Nicholas of Tolentino... [more]
Tomás Spanish, Portuguese, Irish
From the given name Tomás.
Toribio Spanish
From the given name Toribio.
Toro Spanish, Italian
Either a habitational name from Toro in Zamora province. Compare De Toro . Or a nickname for a lusty person or for someone who owned a bull or a metonymic occupational name for a tender of bulls or possibly for a bull fighter from toro "bull" (from Latin taurus).
Torralba Spanish, Catalan, Aragonese
Habitational name from any of several places called Torralba, named with torre meaning "tower" + alba meaning "white".
Torras Spanish (?)
Means 'towers' in Spanish. Similar to name Torres.
Torre Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian cognitive and, Spanish and Portuguese variant of Torres. From torre "tower" (from Latin turris).
Torrent Spanish
A topographical name for someone who lived by a flood stream, deriving from the Spanish torrente. Topographical surnames were among the earliest created, since both natural and man-made features in the landscape provided easily recognisable distinguish names in the small communities of the Middle Ages... [more]
Torrez Spanish
Variant of Torres.
Torriente Spanish (Latin American, Rare)
Cuban name likely meaning "river".
Torrubiano Spanish
It indicates familial origin within the municipality of Torrubia de Soria.
Toscano Italian, Spanish
Originally indicated someone who came from the region of Tuscany in central Italy.
Traspeña Spanish
It indicates familial origin within the locality of Traspeña de la Peña in the municipality of Castrejón de la Peña.
Trejo Spanish
Spanish habitational surname, for someone from Trexo, a place in Asturias in northwest Spain.
Treviño Spanish
Habitational name from either of the places so named in the provinces of Burgos and Santander.
Triano Spanish
Possibly a habitational name from Triano, the Castilianized name of the Basque towns called Abanto and Urtuella, in Biscay province, Basque Country.
Trigueros Spanish
Habitational name from places in Huelva and Valladolid named Trigueros, from a derivative of trigo ‘wheat’, or possibly triguero ‘corn merchant’. Nickname from triguero ‘dark blond’, ‘corn colored’.
Trillo Spanish
It literally means "threshing board".
Trinidad Filipino, Spanish
Means "trinity" in Spanish, referring to the Holy Trinity.
Truan Spanish
Means "Knave" or "Joker"
Trueba Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the vicinity of the eponymous Castilian river.
Tulum Yucatec Maya
Means "wall" in Mayan language.
Uceda Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
Uclés Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
Umpiérrez Spanish
Means "son of Umpierro" in Spanish. The medieval given name Umpierro is of uncertain meaning.
Uñalivia Spanish (Rare)
Has no specific meaning but it was a rare spanish name
Urbano Italian, Spanish
From the given name Urbano.
Vaamonde Spanish
Variant of the habitational surname Bahamonde, from one of the Galician places called Baamonde (earlier written Bahamonde) in the province of Lugo most probably Santiago de Baamonde (Begonte).
Vaca Spanish
Means "cow" in Spanish.
Val Spanish, French
It means valley. It comes from Britain and then moved to Aragón (Spain).
Valadez Asturian, Spanish, Mexican
Asturian-Leonese variant of Valdez.
Valbuena Spanish
Habitational name from any of the places called Valbuena for example in Valladolid Cáceres and Salamanca.
Valderrábano Spanish
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
Valderrama Spanish
Habitational name from any of the places named Valderrama, as for example in Burgos province.
Valderrama Spanish
This surname is made up of the prefix "bal-" from latin "vallis," the equivalent of prefix "-valle" meaning a vale or a valley plus the Spanish "derramare" - to scatter or to spread. Hence, implies valley which is spread out.
Valdivieso Spanish
This place-name is derived from the Asturian word val-di-vieso, which means old man's-valley.
Valdovinos Spanish
Spanish: from a personal name of ancient Germanic origin composed of the elements bald 'bold brave' + win 'friend'.
Valenciano Spanish
A Spanish surname. It is a regional name denoting someone from Valencia.
Valentín Spanish, Slovak
From the given name Valentín.
Valenzuela Spanish
Habitational name from places named Valenzuela in Córdoba and Ciudad Real. The place name is a diminutive of Valencia, literally "Little Valencia".
Valera Spanish
Habitational name from either of two places in Spain named Valera.
Valez Spanish
I think it is of Spanish Background possibly meaning 'Soldier' or 'Guard'. ... [more]
Valgañón Spanish
This indicates familial within the eponymous Riojan municipality.
Vali Spanish, Italian (Swiss), Arabic
This Spanish and Italian surname of VALI was a locational name for someone OR A family who lived in a valley. In valle quiescit ( In the valley of our home, we find peace.)... [more]
Valladolid Spanish
Habitational name from the city of this name.
Valle Spanish, Filipino, Italian
Habitational name from any of the many places named with valle "valley", or topographic name for someone who lived in a valley (Latin vallis).
Vallejo Spanish
Denoted someone who lived in a small valley.
Valverde Spanish
Refers to a place name which suggests a landscape, agreeable with herbs, flowers and water.
Vaquero Spanish
occupational name from vaquero "cowboy".
Vario Italian, Spanish
From the given name Vario. Also means "various" in Italian.
Vazquez Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of Vázquez primarily used in America and the Philippines.
Vea Spanish, Galician
Habitational name, principally from Vea in Soria province, but in some cases from any of four places with the same name in Pontevedra province, Galicia.
Vecino Spanish
Spanish form of Voisin.
Vejas Spanish
An altered form of the surname Behar
Vélez Spanish
Patronymic from the personal name Vela.
Vélez Spanish
Habitational name from any of various places in Andalusia called Vélez.
Veloso Spanish
From the Brazilian Spanish word for fast.
Venegas Spanish
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 from Spanish meaning "shore, bank".
Veracruz Spanish
Originally denoted a person from Veracruz, Mexico, from Latin vera crux meaning "true cross".
Verano Spanish
Means 'summer' in Spanish. (See Summer)
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.
Verdejo Spanish
Habitational name from any of the places so called.
Verdugo Spanish
Occupational name meaning "executioner".
Verdun French, English (British, Rare), Spanish, Catalan
From the various locations in France called Verdun with the Gaulish elements ver vern "alder" and dun "hill fortress" and Verdú in Catalonia, English variant of Verdon
Verneda Spanish, Catalan
As a Spanish and Catalan surname refers to someone who lived where alder trees grew.
Veron French, Spanish
Nickname for someone with bi-colored eyes. This surname is mostly frequent in Argentina.
Victoriano Spanish
From the given name Victoriano
Victorino Spanish
From the given name Victorino
Videgain Spanish
Videgain is a surname. It is of Basque origin language with the form Bidegain. Videgain is considered a Spanish surname because the letter V does not exist in the Basque alphabet. It extended through the Iberian peninsula following the Reconquista, where different forms of the name developed and houses were founded with the differentiation of Videgáin, Bidegain, Videgaín... [more]
Viejo Spanish
From Spanish meaning "old".
Vigil Spanish
Comes from the word "vigil", which is Latin for "vigilia" and "wakefulness".
Vilaamil Spanish
Habitational name from Villamil a place in Asturias.
Villafañe Spanish
Derived from the village of Villafañe in Leon, Spain. His hierarch, perhaps, is the Burgos hidalgo Alvar Fañez.
Villafuerte Spanish (Latin American), Spanish (Philippines)
Denoted someone who came from the name of the municipality of Villafuerte de Esgueva in the province of Valladolid, Castile and León, Spain.
Villagra Spanish
Rare castilian surname, distributed throughout Spain with greater presence in Madrid, Barcelona, Valladolid and Palencia.
Villagran Spanish
From a lost village called Villa Grande, meaning 'large farmstead or settlement'.
Villalpando Spanish
It first came from a Spanish village town.
Villalvazo Spanish
Hispanic (Mainly Mexico): Derivative Of Spanish Villalba Or Villalva .
Villamar Spanish
Spanish: Habitational Name From Any Of The Three Places Called Villamar In Lugo (Galicia) Oviedo (Asturias) Or Burgos (Castilia).
Villamayor Spanish
Habitational name for any of the numerous places in Spain with this name.
Villamizar Spanish
Habitational name from Villamizar in León.
Villanova Italian, Spanish
Habitational name from any of numerous places so called from Latin villa nova "new settlement" (see Villa) from the elements villa "town" and nova "new"... [more]
Villaquirán Spanish
It indicates familial origin within either of 2 municipalities: Villaquirán de los Infantes or Villaquirán de la Puebla.
Villareal Spanish (Philippines), Spanish (Latin American), American (Hispanic)
Variant of Villarreal primarily used in the Philippines and Columbia.
Villarreal Spanish
Habitational name from any of various places called Villarreal (or Villareal), derived from Spanish villa meaning "farm, town, settlement" and real meaning "royal".
Villarrubia Spanish
Spanish: habitational name from Villarrubia (Córdoba) Villarrubia de los Ojos (Ciudad Real) or Villarrubia de Santiago (Toledo) so named from villa '(outlying) farmstead (dependent) settlement' (see Villa ) + rubia 'light red'.
Villarruel Spanish
Cognate of Villa with the second element of unexplained etymology. Compare Villarroel.
Villasante Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Castilian municipality of Merindad de Montija.
Villasenor Spanish
Habitational name, apparently a Castilianized spelling of Galician Vilseñor, from any of three places in Lugo province named Vilaseñor.
Villatoro Spanish
Presumably a name given to someone from Villatoro, Spain
Villavicencio Spanish (Latin American), Spanish (Philippines)
Denoted someone who came from the name of the municipality of Villavicencio de los Caballeros in Castile and León, Spain.
Villeda Spanish
Probably from french.
Villegas Spanish
Habitational name from the municipality of Villegas in Burgos province, Spain.
Villoslada Spanish
From the village of Villoslada in Spain.
Vinagre Spanish, Portuguese
An occupational surname for someone who sells vinegar.
Viniegra Spanish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Riojan municipalities in the Comarca of Anguiano: Viniegra de Arriba or Viniegra de Abajo.
Vinuesa Spanish
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
Viramontes Spanish
Viramontes is composed of the elements "mira" and "montes," two Spanish words with the combined meaning of "place with a view of the mountains."
Virgen Spanish
Spanish form of Virgo.
Virgil Spanish
From the given name Virgil.
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.
Vivanco Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the Castilian locality of Vivanco de Mena.
Vivar Spanish, History
From the village of Vivar, later renamed Vivar del Cid, nowadays part of Quintanilla Vivar located near Burgos, Castile and León, Spain.... [more]
Wero Spanish (Latin American), Maori
Maori: Means "to cast a spear"... [more]
Yagüe Spanish
It is possibly derived from a name for someone born on St James' Day, from Old Spanish Santi Yague, a common medieval form of Santiago.
Yáñez Spanish
Patronymic of Juan 1.
Yepes Spanish
Habitational name from Yepes in the province of Toledo (named as Hippo or Hipona in or before Roman times).
Yerbabuena Spanish (Latin American)
From Spanish yerba buena meaning "good herb"
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.