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.
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
Patronymic meaning "son of Álvaro".
ALVEREZ     Spanish, Portuguese
Means "son of Alvaro".
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]
BALFAGER     Portuguese
Name of a Visigoth noble family (around the 10th century) from the Iberian Peninsula (current northern Portugal), meaning "bold spear"; they descent from the Balti dynasty.
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
BARBOZA     Portuguese
Variant of Barbosa
BAVIERA     Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan
Means "Bavaria" in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Catalan. Indicating for someone from Bavaria a state in Germany.
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     Filipino, Tagalog, Portuguese, Spanish
From the given name Bonifacio.
BRAGADO     Portuguese, Spanish
This surname is a Spanish word which means "gritty", refering to a bull. ... [more]
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
meaning "oak" or "oak tree"
CASA     Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
From casa "house" (Latin casa "hut, cottage, cabin"), perhaps originally denoting the occupier of the most distinguished house in a village.
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...
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.
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’.
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 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.
DE POMBAL     Portuguese
Variant of Pombal... [more]
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.
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.
FLORENTINO     Portuguese (Brazilian)
From the given name Florentino.
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 form of Gonzalez
GRANDE     Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Nickname for someone of large stature, from grande "tall, large".
GUIMARÃES     Portuguese
from any of various places called Guimarães
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)’.
LEAL     Portuguese, Spanish
Means "loyal" in Portuguese and Spanish. A famous bearer of this surname is Roberto Leal, a very popular singer in Portugal.
Means "Lion of Albuquerque" in Portuguese.
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.
LOPES     Portuguese
Portuguese form of Lopez.
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.
MALDONADO     Spanish, Portuguese
From mal donado meaning "badly endowed" (literally, "badly given"). Also used for people originating from the Spanish village of Maldonado.
MANUEL     Spanish, Portuguese, French, German
Derived from the given name Manuel.
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.
MATHIAS     French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese
French, Dutch: from the personal name Mathias (see Matthew).... [more]
MATIAS     Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Czech
Spanish (Matías), Portuguese, and Dutch: from the personal name (see Matthew).... [more]
MATTA     Spanish, Portuguese
Variant of MATA.
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]
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
Meaning ''birth''.
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.
OLIVEIRA     Portuguese
Means "olive tree" in Portuguese.
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]
PANTOJA     Spanish, Portuguese
Has its origins in the place-name "Pantoja" in Spain. Derived from either the Greek word "panthos" (which means 'all gods') or the Mozarabic "panucea" (meaning 'spindle of yarn').... [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".
PIRES     Portuguese (Latinized, Modern), Portuguese (Brazilian, 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]
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".
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.
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.
    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     Spanish, Catalan, 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.
SARAIVA     Portuguese
It literally means "hail".
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]
SOUZA     Portuguese
Name of the Balfager's (Visigoth family, part of the Iberian nobility) solar (realstate), later used as the family's surname; the name "Souza" comes from the Latin word "saxa" meaning "peeble".
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
TEODORO     Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Italian, Spanish
Comes from the given name Teodoro. It derives from Theodoros, a compound containing the elements theos, meaning "god", plus doron, a "gift, hence"; "God's gift".
TIAGO     Portuguese
From the given name Tiago.
VALENTE     Italian, Galician, Portuguese
Italian, Galician, and Portuguese: nickname from valente ‘brave’, ‘valiant’.... [more]
VELÊZ     Portuguese
Possibly a habitational name from Vellés in Salamanca.
VELEZ     Portuguese
Variant of VELÊZ.
VERDE     Spanish, Italian, 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.
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