Portuguese Submitted Surnames

Portuguese names are used in Portugal, Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking areas. See also about Portuguese names.
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Linhares Portuguese
Portuguese: habitational name from any of several places called Linhares, for example in Braganca, Guarda, and Vila Real, from the plural of linhar ‘flax field’ (Latin linare, a derivative of linum ‘flax’).
Linzmeyer German, Portuguese (Brazilian)
Means "bailiff of Linz, Austria" in German, derived from Proto-Celtic *lentos (“bend”) and Middle High German meier meaning "bailiff, administrator", derived from Latin maior meaning "greater".... [more]
Lisboa Portuguese
Habitiational name from Lisbon.
Lourenço Portuguese
From the given name Lourenço.
Lousada Portuguese
Name given from the village of Lousada, in Northern Portugal.
Luz Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Luz.
Macedo Portuguese, Spanish (Latin American)
Referred to a person who worked or lived at an apple orchard. It is derived from Vulgar Latin mattianēta meaning "place with apple trees."
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.
Marcelo Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Marcelo.
Marciano Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Derived from the given name Marciano
Marcos Spanish, Portuguese, Filipino
From the given name Marcos. A famous bearer was Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos (1917-1989).
Mariano Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the personal name Mariano
Marinho Portuguese
From the given name Marinho
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.
Martinho Portuguese
From the given name Martinho
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
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 meaning "black".
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
Mota Spanish, Portuguese
Topographic name for someone who lived by a fortified stronghold.
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.
Natividade Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of Natividad.
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.
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.
Nery Portuguese
Derivation of the Scottish surname Macnair.
Nicolau Portuguese, Galician, Catalan
From the given name Nicolau.
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.
Ortis Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of Ortiz.
Osvaldo Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
From the given name Osvaldo.
Pacheco Spanish, Portuguese
From the name of Vivio Pacieco, a 1st-century BC Roman general sent by Julius Caesar to fight in the Iberian peninsula.
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".
Peres Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Gascon, Breton
Means "son of Pedro" in Spanish and Portuguese. Means "son of Pere" in Catalan... [more]
Pessegueiro Portuguese
Means "peach tree" in Portuguese, ultimately from Latin persicum. It indicated a person who lived near or worked with peach trees.
Pessoa Portuguese
From Portuguese pessoa meaning "person."
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]
Ponciano Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Ponciano.
Portal Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Portuguese, Occitan
Topographical surname for someone living near the gates of a fortified town.
Portola Spanish, Portuguese, Romani (Caló)
Portola is Spanish and Portuguese for Port and is a Romani calo surname. People include Gaspar de Portolá, a Spanish explorer who was the first governor of Baja and Alta California and had many names after him in California cities and streets.
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 Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Means "spring (the season)" in Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Quaresma Portuguese
Means "Lent" in Portuguese.
Quirino Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Quirino.
Raij Spanish, Judeo-Spanish, Portuguese, Romani (Caló)
Borrowed from Hindi राइज (raij) meaning "rice". This surname is found among Christian and Jewish Caló families.
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.
Romeu Portuguese
From the given name Romeu.
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.
Sacramento Spanish, Portuguese
Meaning "sacrament" in Spanish and Portuguese.
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".
Salgado Galician, Portuguese
Nickname for a witty person.
Sallas Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Occitan, Galician, Portuguese, Aragonese, Asturian, Romanian, Greek
Either a variant of Salas or Sala, or else a nickname from Arabic, Turkish, or Persian salli meaning "broad, wide, large, 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.
Sancho Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Sancho.
São João Portuguese
Means "St. John" in Portuguese.
São Jorge Portuguese
“St George.”
São Lucas Portuguese
Means "St. Luke" in Portuguese.
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".
Sargento Spanish, Portuguese, Filipino
Spanish and Portuguese form of Sergeant. It's also mostly used in the Philippines.
Sarmento Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of Sarmiento.
Schincariol Italian, Portuguese
Unknown meaning.
Senna Portuguese
Possibly coming from the surname "Sanna", it may mean "one with a big protruding tooth".... [more]
Severo Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Severo
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.
Spínola Portuguese
Portuguese topographic name from a diminutive of espinha ‘thorn’, ‘thorn bush’.
Suleiman Portuguese
From the Given Name Suleiman.
Tiago Portuguese
From the given name Tiago.
Timoteo Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
From the given name Timoteo.
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.
Torquato Italian, Portuguese
From the given name Torquato
Valente Italian, Galician, Portuguese
Italian, Galician, and Portuguese: nickname from valente ‘brave’, ‘valiant’.... [more]
Valentim Portuguese
From the given name Valentim
Valentins English, Portuguese
Derived from the given name Valentin.
Valério Portuguese
From the given name Valério.
Velêz Portuguese
Possibly a habitational name from Vellés in Salamanca.
Venâncio Portuguese
From the given name Venâncio
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.
Victoria Portuguese
Transferred use of the given name Victoria
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.
Vinagre Spanish, Portuguese
An occupational surname for someone who sells vinegar.
Virgem Portuguese
Portuguese form of Virgo.
Vitorino Portuguese
From the given name Vitorino
Vizinho Portuguese
Portuguese form of Voisin.
Xisto Portuguese
Means "schist" or "shale" in Portuguese. Can also be found in Brazil.
Zeferino Portuguese
From the given name Zeferino