Portuguese Submitted Surnames

Portuguese names are used in Portugal, Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking areas. See also about Portuguese names.
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ACAMPORA Italian, Medieval Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian)
Acampora is a variant of Acanfora, from the medieval personal name Canfora, from canfora ‘camphor’ (from Arabic kāfūr).
AFONSO Portuguese
Old (6th century derived) Iberian surname, associated with the first dynasty and King of Portugal, Afonso Henriques. The surname was used by all the subsequent illegitimate children of that dynastic line.
AGOSTO Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
From the given name AGOSTO.
ALCÂNTARA Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of ALCÁNTARA.
ALEGRE Spanish, Portuguese
Nickname from alegre "bright, merry" (Latin alacer).
ALMADA Portuguese
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous city.
ALVARENGA Portuguese
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 eponymous parishes.
ÁLVARES Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of ÁLVAREZ.
AVEIRO Portuguese, Spanish
Demonymic surname refering to Aveiro a city in middle north-eastern Portugal. A famous bearer of this surname is Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.
AVELAR Portuguese
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish of the municipality of Ansião.
AZUAJE-FIDALGO Portuguese (Rare), Spanish, Italian
Fidalgo from Galician and Portuguese filho de algo — equivalent to "nobleman", but sometimes literally translated into English as "son of somebody" or "son of some (important family)"—is a traditional title of Portuguese nobility that refers to a member of the titled or untitled nobility... [more]
BARBOSA Portuguese
denoting a person who lived by land that contained overgrown leafy vegetation from the portuguese word barba "leaf" + oso/osa (adjective suffix); variant of BARBOZA
BARREIRA Portuguese, Galician
From several habitations in Galicia and Portugal, from barreira meaning "clay or loam hollow".
BATISTA Portuguese, Spanish
Portuguese cognate of BAUTISTA as well as a Spanish variant.
BAVIERA Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan
Means "Bavaria" in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Catalan. Indicating for someone from Bavaria a state in Germany.
BERNARDES Portuguese
It means "son of Bernardo".
BESSA Portuguese
Origin in the name Beça surname of medieval ancestry
BETHENCOURT French, English, Portuguese (Rare)
BETTENCOURT and Bethencourt are originally place-names in Northern France. The place-name element -court (courtyard, courtyard of a farm, farm) is typical of the French provinces, where the Frankish settlements formed an important part of the local population... [more]
BETTENCOURT French, English, Portuguese (Rare)
Bettencourt and BETHENCOURT are originally place-names in Northern France. The place-name element -court (courtyard, courtyard of a farm, farm) is typical of the French provinces, where the Frankish settlements formed an important part of the local population... [more]
BOMBA Portuguese, Spanish, Polish, Ukrainian, Czech, Slovak
From bomba "bomb", (Latin bombus), hence probably a nickname for someone with an explosive temperament, or a metonymic occupational name for an artilleryman.
BONIFACIO Portuguese, Spanish
From the given name BONIFACIO.
BRAGADO Portuguese, Spanish
This surname is a Spanish word which means "gritty", refering to a bull. ... [more]
BRAGANÇA Portuguese
From the city of Bragança in Portugal. It's also the name of the Royal House that ruled Portugal from 1640 to 1910.
BRANCO Portuguese
from the the portuguese word Branco meaning "white", referring to someone with light skin and/or hair
BRAVO Spanish, Portuguese
From a Spanish and Portuguese nickname for a fierce or violent man (from Spanish and Portuguese bravo "fierce, violent"). This surname was borne by Charles Bravo (1845-1876), a British lawyer and possible murder victim.
BRUNO Portuguese
From a Germanic personal name, BRUN.
CABAÑA Spanish, Portuguese
Habitational name from a place named with Spanish cabaña ‘hut’, ‘cabin’ (Late Latin capanna, a word of Celtic or Germanic origin).
CABAÑAS Spanish, Portuguese
Habitational name from a place named with Spanish cabaña or Portuguese cabanha ‘hut’, ‘cabin’.
CAIXETA Portuguese (Brazilian)
Portuguese common name for Tabebuia cassinoides, a tree native to Central and South America.
CAMACHO Spanish, Portuguese
From the ancient European camb, meaning twisted or disfigured, denoting to someone with visible physical abnormalities, but could possibly also refer to residents of a particularly gnarly tract of land.
CARLOS Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name CARLOS
CARVALHO Portuguese
Means "oak tree" in Portuguese. It was used as a topographic name for someone who lived near an oak tree or a habitational name for someone from any of the various locations in Portugal named Carvalho.
CASA Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Means "house" in Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian.
CASCALHO Portuguese (?)
What I know about this surname is that it came from Alentejo, a region in Portugal countryside. The eldest Cascalho I know lived in Évora (city in this province) so I assume the name born there...
CAVA Italian, Catalan, Spanish, Portuguese
From cava ‘cave’, ‘cellar’ (from Latin cavea), hence a metonymic occupational name for someone employed in the wine cellars of a great house, a topographic name for someone who lived in or near a cave, or a habitational name from any of numerous places named with this word.
CEBREIRO Jewish, Portuguese
Cebreiro is an olive tree.
CERQUEIRA Portuguese
Habitational name from any of various places named Cerquerira, in most cases from a Latin derivative of quercus "oak". The family name also occurs in Sicily, probably of the same origin.
CERVA Portuguese, Italian
"Cerva" means deer.
CLORES Spanish, Portuguese
Portuguese form of FLORES
CONCEIÇÃO Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of CONCEPCIÓN.
CONSTANTINO Italian, Portuguese
From the medieval personal name Constantino, from Latin Constantinus (see CONSTANTINE).
CORDEIRO Portuguese, Galician
Means "young lamb" in Portuguese and Galician (Latin cordarius, a derivative of cordus "young", "new")... [more]
CORREA Portuguese, Spanish
From Spanish, meaning "leather garment."
CORREIA Portuguese
meaning "leather strap" or "belt", "rein", or "shoelace"; denoting a person who worked with leather products
CORTÊS Portuguese
Portuguese form of CORTÉS.
COUTINHO Portuguese
Diminutive of COUTO.
CRIADO Portuguese, Spanish
Occupational name from criado ‘servant’.
CUBA Portuguese, Asturian-Leonese, Galician, Spanish
habitational name from any of the places in Portugal (in the provinces of Alentejo and Beira Baixa) or Spain (in Aragon, Asturies, and Galicia) named Cuba, from cuba ‘barrel’ (from Latin cupa)... [more]
CUNHA Portuguese (Brazilian)
This name can mean either mean that your upper class or a coin maker. Cunha directly translates to "coin" or "wedge"
DA CRUZ Portuguese
A variant of CRUZ, with the addition of the preposition 'da' (meaning 'of the' or 'from the').
DA CUNHA Portuguese
A variant of CUNHA, with the addition of the preposition 'da' (meaning 'of the' or 'from the').
DA LUZ Portuguese
From a religious epithet meaning ‘of the light’, specifically the Marian name "Nuestra Señora da Luz" (which means "Our Lady of the Light").
DA PONTE Italian, Portuguese, Galician
A topographic name, which means "from the bridge".
DA ROCHA Portuguese, Galician
A common topographic name which means ‘from the rock' (rocha).
DA ROSA Portuguese
Literally means "of the rose" in Portuguese. It is generally a component of personal names; among women, it is a Marian name; among men, it is of uncertain application.
DA SILVA Portuguese
Topographic name for someone who lived by a wood, from Latin silva meaning "wood". Famous bearers are Brazilian footballers Thiago Silva and Neymar.
DA VILA Portuguese, Galician
A topographic name for someone from a village (vila).
DE LUNA Spanish, Portuguese
Means "of the moon" in Spanish and Portuguese.
DE SOUZA Portuguese
Means "of Sousa" in Portuguese, referring to the River Sousa flowing through northern Portugal. The word Sousa itself is derived from the Latin saxa, saxum meaning "stone, rock". The surname is more commonly used in Brazil and Portuguese-speaking African countries today.
DIAS Portuguese
means "son of DIOGO" in Portuguese. Also a variant of DIAZ
DOS SANTOS Portuguese, Spanish
From a Spanish and Portuguese name applied originally to a child born or baptized on All Saints' Day (from Spanish and Portuguese, literally "of the saints"). A famous bearer of this surname is Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.
EIRIZ Portuguese
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish of the municipality of Paços de Ferreira.
ELIAS Greek, Catalan, Portuguese, English, Welsh, German, Dutch, Jewish
Derived from the medieval given name ELIAS. Compare ELLIS.
EMBOABA Portuguese (Brazilian, Rare)
Variant of EMBOAVA. A famous bearer of this surname is Brazilian footballer Oscar.
ESPÍNDOLA Portuguese (Latinized, ?)
Portuguese of uncertain origin, but possibly a topographic name or a variation of SPINOLA. It was taken to Portugal by an immigrant family from Genoa, Italy.
FALCÃO Portuguese
Portuguese surname meaning "falcon".
FARIA Portuguese, Italian
Faria is a Portuguese surname. A habitational name from either of two places called Faria, in Braga and Aveiro. ... [more]
FARINHA Portuguese
Means "wheat flour" in Portuguese.
FELICIANO Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From a medieval personal name (Latin Felicianus, a derivative of FELIX). The name was borne by a number of early saints, most notably a 3rd-century bishop of Foligno and apostle of Umbria.
FIGUEIREDO Galician, Portuguese
It literally means "fig tree orchard", denoting someone who either lived near one or worked at one.
FRANÇA Portuguese
Means "France" in Portuguese.
FRANQUEZ Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese for "son of Franco."
GAMA Portuguese
Probably from gama ‘fallow deer doe’, feminine form of gamo, possibly as a topographic or habitational name.
GENTOO Indian, Telugu, Portuguese
It is a Telugu name, most likely meaning "Gentile". It was first used by the Portuguese.
GONÇALVES Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of GONZÁLEZ.
GRANDE Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Nickname for someone of large stature, from grande "tall, large".
GUIMARÃES Portuguese
Habitational name for someone originally from the city of Guimarães in northern Portugal.
GUSMÃO Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of GUZMÁN.
HORTA Catalan, Portuguese
Means "garden" (Latin hortus), hence a topographic name for someone who lived by an enclosed garden or an occupational name for one who was a gardener.
JOAQUIM Portuguese, Catalan
From the personal name JOAQUIM.
JURADO Spanish, Portuguese
Occupational name for any of various officials who had to take an oath that they would perform their duty properly, from jurado "sworn", past participle of jurar "to swear" (Latin iurare).
LABRADOR Spanish, Portuguese, Filipino
From the root word "labora" meaning labor or work. This means laborer or worker but often associated to farmers as in San Isidro Labrador
LACERDA Portuguese, Spanish
Nickname for someone with remarkably thick or long hair, or with an unusually hairy back or chest. From Spanish and Portuguese la cerda ‘the lock (of hair)’.
LAMOUNIER Portuguese (Brazilian)
Most common in Brazil.
It means "orange tree".
LEAL Portuguese, Spanish
Means "loyal" in Portuguese and Spanish. A famous bearer of this surname is Roberto Leal, a very popular singer in Portugal.
LEDO Spanish, Galician, Portuguese
Nickname from ledo meaning ‘happy’, ‘joyful’
LEITAO Portuguese
Portuguese metonymic occupational name for a keeper of pigs, or nickname meaning ‘piglet’, from Portuguese leitão ‘(suckling) pig’.
LEITE Portuguese, Galician
Meaning "milk".... [more]
LENCASTRE Portuguese
From the English surname LANCASTER. Brought to Portugal by Phillipa Lancaster, who later married King John I.
LIMA Portuguese
Topographic name for someone living on the banks of the river of this name (of pre-Roman origin, probably akin to a Celtic element lemos, limos 'elm').
LOPES Portuguese
Portuguese form of LOPEZ.
LOURENÇO Portuguese
From the given name LOURENÇO.
MADEIRAS Portuguese
Came from the Portuguese Madeira word "wood" or "timber". perhaps the portuguese version of the surname WOODS or someone who's from the Portuguese island Madeira
MAESTRE Portuguese, Spanish
Occupational name from old Spanish and Portuguese maestre meaning 'master', 'master craftsman', 'teacher'.
MAIA Portuguese
Habitational name from any of several places named Maia, especially one in Porto.
MANUEL Spanish, Portuguese, French, German
Derived from the given name MANUEL.
MARIANO Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the personal name MARIANO
MARQUES Portuguese
Means "Son of MARCOS" in Portuguese
MARTELLE English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese
English and German: from a medieval personal name, a pet form of MARTIN or MARTA.... [more]
MARTINES Portuguese
Means "Son of MARTIN." Portuguese form of MARTÍNEZ.
MATARAZZO Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan
A habitational name derived from any of numerous places in Portugal and Spain named Mata, from the Spanish word "mata," meaning "wood," or "a forest." See MATA
MATHIAS French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese
French, Dutch: from the personal name MATHIAS (see MATTHEW).... [more]
MATIAS Filipino, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Czech (Americanized)
Spanish (Matías), Portuguese, and Dutch: from the personal name (see MATTHEW).... [more]
MESSIAS Portuguese (Brazilian)
Derived from the given name MESSIAS
MIGUEL Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name MIGUEL.
MIRANDA Spanish, Portuguese, Jewish
Habitational name from any of numerous places in Spain and Portugal called Miranda. The derivation of the place name is uncertain; it may be of pre-Roman origin, or from Latin miranda "view, outlook".
MONIZ Portuguese
From the medieval Portuguese first name MUHNO.... [more]
MONTEIRO Portuguese (Modern)
Monteiro is the portuguese version of the spanish MONTERO
MORAES Portuguese
From the Portuguese form of Spanish MORALES.
MOREIRA Portuguese, Galician
Habitational name from any of the numerous places in Portugal and Galicia called Moreira, from moreira meaning "mulberry tree".
MORGADO Portuguese
Means "eldest brother" in Portuguese
MOURA Portuguese
Derived from the Portuguese word "Mouro", which refers to an individual from the Moor people. This is the feminine form of the word, often used in legends of enchanted moor women, which very common in Portugal... [more]
NASCIMENTO Portuguese (Brazilian)
Means "birth, nativity" in Portuguese, from Late Latin nascimentum, a derivative of Latin nasci "to be born". This was originally a religious byname. It was also an epithet of the Virgin Mary (Maria do Nascimento), and was used as a given name for children born on Christmas.
NATAL Portuguese, Spanish
From the personal name Natal (from Latin Natalis), bestowed on someone born at Christmas or with reference to the Marian epithet María del Natal.
NEGRO Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Jewish
Nickname or ethnic name from negro "black" (Latin niger), denoting someone with dark hair or a dark complexion.
NEGRO Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Jewish
From a medieval continuation of the Latin personal name Niger.
NORONHA Portuguese
Derived from Noreña, the name of a village in Asturias, northern Spain.
NOVO Galician, Portuguese
Nickname from Portuguese and Galician novo ‘new’, ‘young’ (Latin novus). The word was also occasionally used in the Middle Ages as a personal name, particularly for a child born after the death of a sibling, and this may also be a source of the surname.
PACHECO Spanish, Portuguese
1.Spanish and Portuguese: from a personal name of uncertain, possibly pre-Roman, origin.... [more]
PALMA Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Portuguese, Italian
Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Portuguese, and southern Italian: habitational name from any of various places named or named with Palma, from Latin palma ‘palm’. ... [more]
PÃO Portuguese
Metonymic occupational name for a baker, from pão meaning "bread"
PAR Portuguese
Derived from Portuguese meaning "pair, couple, equal".
PEDROSA Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Galician
Habitational name from any of numerous places named Pedrosa, from pedroso, pedrosa meaning "stoney", an adjectival derivative of pedra meaning "stone".
PEDROSO Portuguese
Its origin is the word "pedra", which means "stone".
PIRES Portuguese (Latinized, Modern)
Etymologicaly, the name PIRES comes from the Latin, and means "The one who belongs to Peter's family".... [more]
PISTARIO Greek, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Pistario is a surname, mainly used in the Greek, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese languages.
POMBAL Portuguese
from the portuguese word: pombo meaning "dove", "pigeon". ... [more]
PORTAL Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Portuguese, Occitan
Topographical surname for someone living near the gates of a fortified town.
PORTUGAL Spanish, Portuguese, English, Catalan, French, Jewish
Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, English, French, and Jewish surname meaning ethnic name or regional name for someone from Portugal or who had connections with Portugal. The name of the country derives from Late Latin Portucale, originally denoting the district around Oporto (Portus Cales, named with Latin portus ‘port’, ‘harbor’ + Cales, the ancient name of the city)... [more]
PRETO Portuguese
comes from the Portuguese word preto meaning "black" or "dark". referring to someone with dark skin and/or hair. possibly a cognate of the spanish surname PRIETO
PRIMAVERA Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
From Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian primavera meaning "spring".
RAMONE Spanish (Anglicized), Portuguese (Anglicized), Catalan (Anglicized)
From Spanish, Portuguese, and Catalan Ramón, from the personal name RAMÓN or RAMON, of Germanic origin (see RAYMOND).
RANGEL German, Spanish, Portuguese
A variant of RENGEL. This name is also found in Portugal.
REGO Portuguese
Primarily Iberian, particularly Portuguese in origin. A topographic name for someone who lived by a channel.
REGUEIRO Galician, Portuguese
The name originated in Ourense (Galicia) in the 14th Century. It´s literal meaning in Portuguese is river. It is a surname referring to a person who lived near a river or water source.
REIS Portuguese
Means "kings" in Portuguese.
REQUIÃO Portuguese
Derived from the name of a village in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal, ultimately from the name of Rechila, a 5th-century Suevic king of Gallaecia.
RITA Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan
From the female personal name RITA, a reduced form of MARGHARITAMARGARET’, chosen in particular in honor of a 15th-century Italian saint who bore the name in this form.
RODRIGO Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name RODRIGO.
Portuguese, Galician
Variant spelling of Saa, a habitational name from any of the numerous places named Saa, mainly in northern Portugal and Galicia.
SALAS Spanish, Galician, Aragonese, Portuguese, Catalan, Asturian
Habitational name from places named with salas, plural form of sala, meaning "room, hall" in Spanish and Asturian. Also an anglicized form of the Hungarian name SZÁLAS "tall".
SALVADOR Filipino, Spanish, Catalan, Tagalog, Portuguese
From the popular Christian personal name Salvador, meaning "Savior" (Latin Salvator, a derivative of salvare "to save"), bestowed in honor of Christ.
SANCHES Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of SANCHEZ.
SÃO JOÃO Portuguese
Means "St. John" in Portuguese.
SÃO JORGE Portuguese
“St George.”
SÃO PEDRO Portuguese
Means Saint Peter in Portuguese.
SARAIVA Portuguese
It literally means "hail".
SARAMAGO Portuguese
It's the name of a plant.
SARDINHA Portuguese
Portuguese last name meaning "sardine seller".
SENNA Portuguese
Possibly coming from the surname "Sanna", it may mean "one with a big protruding tooth".... [more]
SPÍNOLA Portuguese
Portuguese topographic name from a diminutive of espinha ‘thorn’, ‘thorn bush’.
TEIXEIRA Portuguese
From the portuguese teixo meaning "yew"; or "yew tree". yew is a type of shrub
TIAGO Portuguese
From the given name TIAGO.
TOLENTINO Spanish, Tagalog, Ilocano, Hiligaynon, Cebuano, Portuguese, Italian (Rare), Judeo-Italian
Ultimately derived from the name of a town in the province of Macerata, Italy (see Tolentino).... [more]
VALENTE Italian, Galician, Portuguese
Italian, Galician, and Portuguese: nickname from valente ‘brave’, ‘valiant’.... [more]
VELÊZ Portuguese
Possibly a habitational name from Vellés in Salamanca.
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.
VEYERA Portuguese (Modern)
Originated in East Providence, RI about 1900 variation of the common Vieira portuguese surname.
VICENTE Spanish, Portuguese
From the personal name Vicente, Spanish and Portuguese equivalent of VINCENT.
VIEGAS Portuguese (Rare)
Portuguese variant of VENEGAS.
VIEIRA Portuguese
Religious byname from Portuguese vieria "scallop" (Late Latin veneria, a derivative of the name of Venus; the goddess was often depicted riding on a scallop). The scallop was a symbol of the pilgrim who had been to the shrine of Santiago de Compostela.
VIEIRA Portuguese
Habitational name from any of numerous minor places called Vieiria.
VILLARD Galician, Portuguese
A Galician and Portuguese surname in the north of Iberian Peninsula. It's a last name belonging to ancient Celtic tribes.
XISTO Portuguese
Means "schist" or "shale" in Portuguese. Can also be found in Brazil.
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