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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.
ARMENIA Italian, Catalan, Spanish, Portuguese
Ethnic name or regional name for someone from Armenia or who had connections with Armenia. This surname is derived from the feminine form of Armenio
, which is ultimately from Greek Αρμένιος (Armenios
) meaning "Armenian"... [more]
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.
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]
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
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]
BITENCOURT Portuguese (Brazilian), French (Rare), English
BITENCOURT, derives from Bittencourt, Bettencourt and Bethencourt; They 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]
BORGES Portuguese, Spanish
Possibly from Old French burgeis
meaning "town-dweller" (see BURGESS
). Alternately, it may have denoted someone originally from the city of Bourges in France.
The first man to own this name was a feudal lord on Portugal, near to the region of Coimbra. Could also come from the other surname "Bragança".
From the city of Bragança in Portugal. It's also the name of the Royal House that ruled Portugal from 1640 to 1910.
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.
BUMBA Portuguese, Spanish, Galician, Italian, Catalan, Occitan, Polish, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Croatian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Romanian, Swedish, Latvian, Lithuanian
Variant of BOMBA
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’.
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.
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
‘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.
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.
COREANO Filipino, Spanish, Portuguese
Means "Korean" in Spanish and Portuguese, possibly an ethnic name or regional name for someone from Korea or who had connections with Korea.
meaning "leather strap" or "belt", "rein", or "shoelace"; denoting a person who worked with leather products
CORTE Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Portuguese
‘court', applied as an occupational name for someone who worked at a manorial court or a topographic name for someone who lived in or by one.
Habitational name from any of numerous locations named Cunha, probably named from Portuguese cunha
meaning "wedge" or Galician cuinha
DA CRUZ Portuguese
A variant of CRUZ
, 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 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.
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.
DOS SANTOS Portuguese, Galician
Means "of the saints" in Portuguese and Galician, originally given to a person born or baptized on All Saints' Day.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish of the municipality of Paços de Ferreira.
FARIA Portuguese, Italian
Faria is a Portuguese surname. A habitational name from either of two places called Faria, in Braga and Aveiro. ... [more]
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.
Probably from gama ‘fallow deer doe’, feminine form of gamo, possibly as a topographic or habitational name.
GONZAGA Spanish, Portuguese
Habitational name for someone from a location called Gonzaga in Mantua, Italy. This was the name of an Italian family that ruled Mantua from 1328 to 1708.
Habitational name for someone originally from the city of Guimarães in northern Portugal.
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.
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)’.
LEAL Portuguese, Spanish
Means "loyal" in Portuguese and Spanish. A famous bearer of this surname is Roberto Leal, a very popular singer in Portugal.
Portuguese metonymic occupational name for a keeper of pigs, or nickname meaning ‘piglet’, from Portuguese leitão
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').
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'.
Habitational name from any of several places named Maia, especially one in Porto.
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
MONTENEGRO Spanish, Portuguese
Habitational name for someone originally from any of the various locations in Spain and Portugal named Montenegro, from Spanish and Portuguese monte
meaning "mountain, hill" and negro
MOREIRA Portuguese, Galician
Habitational name from any of the numerous places in Portugal and Galicia called Moreira, from moreira
meaning "mulberry tree".
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, Galician, Portuguese, Jewish
Nickname or ethnic name from negro
"black" (continuation of Latin niger
), denoting someone with dark hair, dark eyes, a dark complexion, someone who wore dark clothes, someone who worked a job in the night, or was otherwise associated with the night.
NEPAL Nepali, Indian, Hindi, Bhutanese, Filipino, Malay, Indonesian, Acehnese, Italian, Catalan, Spanish, Galician, Portuguese, French
Ethnic name or regional name for someone from Nepal or who had connections with Nepal. The name of the country is ultimately derived from Sanskrit नेपाल (Nepal
), of unknown meaning.
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.
Metonymic occupational name for a baker, from pão meaning "bread"
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".
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]
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
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.
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.
SÁ Portuguese, Galician
Variant spelling of SAA
, a habitational name from any of the numerous places named Saa, mainly in northern Portugal and Galicia.
SAA Portuguese, Galician
Habitational name from any of the numerous places named Saa, mainly in northern Portugal and Galicia.
SALLAS Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Occitan, Galician, Portuguese, Aragonese, Asturian, Romanian, Greek
Either a variant of SALAS
, or else a nickname from Arabic, Turkish, or Persian salli
meaning "broad, wide, large, tall".
Possibly coming from the surname "Sanna", it may mean "one with a big protruding tooth".... [more]
SILVIA Portuguese (Americanized)
SILVIA is an Americanized version of the Portuguese surname SILVA
, which is derived from the Latin silvae
and Portuguese silva
words meaning “forest,” “woodland,” or “jungle.” This variation of the surname SILVA was often adopted by Portuguese immigrants upon arrival to the United States.
Portuguese topographic name from a diminutive of espinha
‘thorn’, ‘thorn bush’.
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.
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.
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.
Means "schist" or "shale" in Portuguese. Can also be found in Brazil.
ZALAS Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Occitan, Galician, Portuguese, Aragonese, Asturian, Romanian, Hungarian, Greek, Bulgarian
Variant of SALAS
ZALLA Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Occitan, Galician, Portuguese, Aragonese, Asturian, Romanian, Hungarian, Greek, Bulgarian
Variant of SALA
ZALLAS Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Occitan, Galician, Portuguese, Aragonese, Asturian, Romanian, Hungarian, Greek, Bulgarian
Variant of SALAS