South American Submitted Surnames

South American names include those from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Corso Italian, English (American), Spanish (Latin American), Portuguese (Brazilian)
Either derived from the given name Bonaccorso or taken from Italian and Spanish corso, denoting someone who lived in Corsica.
Corte Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Portuguese
From corte ‘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.
Cortês Portuguese
Portuguese form of Cortés.
Corvino Italian, Spanish
From the given name Corvino
Corvo Italian, Portuguese
From the given name Corvo
Coutinho Portuguese
Diminutive of Couto.
Crescencio Spanish
From the given name Crescencio
Creus Spanish
Variant of Cruz. Famous bearer of this surname is Spanish footballer Xavi Hernández.
Criado Portuguese, Spanish
Occupational name from criado ‘servant’.
Cristales Central American, Filipino, Spanish (Mexican, Rare), South American (Rare)
Plural form of Spanish cristal meaning "crystal."... [more]
Cristóbal Spanish
From the given name Cristóbal.
Crus Spanish
Variant of Cruz.
Cuadrado Spanish
A nickname for a thick man.
Cuaresma Spanish
It means "Lent".
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]
Cubero Spanish
occupational name for a cooper, from an agent derivative of cuba ‘barrel’, ‘tub
Cuello Spanish
From Spanish meaning "neck". Could be a nickname for a person with a stiff neck.
Cuenca Spanish
Cuenca is an ancient Spanish last name which originated from Cuenca, a city in the Kingdom of Castilla.... [more]
Cuervo Spanish
Means "raven, crow" in Spanish, ultimately from Latin corvus. From a nickname for a man with strikingly glossy black hair or with a raucous voice. Alternatively, a habitational name from places containing this word (e.g. El Cuervo, Teruel).
Cunha Portuguese
Habitational name from any of numerous locations named Cunha, probably named from Portuguese cunha meaning "wedge" or Galician cuinha meaning "hill".
Custódio Portuguese
From the given name Custódio.
Custodio Spanish
From the given name Custodio.
Da Cruz Portuguese
A variant of Cruz, with the addition of the preposition 'da' (meaning 'of the' or 'from the').
D'Almeida Spanish, Portuguese, Indian (Christian)
Variant of Almeida more commonly used by Indian Christians.
Da Lua Portuguese
Means "of the moon" in Portuguese.
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").
Damián Spanish, Czech, Slovak (Rare)
From the given name Damián.
Damian French, Spanish, Italian, Czech, Slovak, Polish
From the medieval personal name Damian, Greek Damianos (from damazein "to subdue"). St. Damian was an early Christian saint martyred in Cilicia in ad 303 under the emperor Domitian, together with his brother Cosmas... [more]
Da Paz Portuguese (Brazilian)
Means "of Peace" in Portuguese.
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 Vila Portuguese, Galician
A topographic name for someone from a village (vila).
Davila Spanish
Habitational name for someone from Ávila.
Dealava Spanish
Uruguay name
Debain Spanish
Spanish surname.
Debarros Portuguese
Portuguese: habitational name for someone ‘from (de) Barros’, of which there are numerous examples, all named from the plural of barro ‘clay’.
Debelen Spanish
Likely from the Spanish word Belén, which refers to the nativity scene.
De Castro Portuguese, Spanish
Denoted someone who lived in a castle.
De Costa Portuguese (Brazilian), Sinhalese
Variant of Da Costa used in Brazil and Sri Lanka.
De Cunha Portuguese (Brazilian), Sinhalese
Variant of Cunha used in Brazil and Sri Lanka.
De Deus Portuguese (Brazilian)
Means "of God" in Portuguese.
De Guzmán Spanish
Means "of Guzmán" in Spanish.
De Jesús Spanish (Latin American)
Means "of Jesus" in Spanish.
De Jesus Portuguese (Brazilian), Spanish (Philippines), American (Hispanic)
Means "of Jesus" in Portuguese. This is also an unaccented variant of De Jesús.
De Labra Spanish (Rare)
Spanish Surname With Origins From Asturias.
De La Calle Spanish
Means "of the street" in Spanish.
De La Calzada Spanish (Rare)
Means "of the causeway" in Spanish. This surname was likely given in honor of Dominic de la Calzada, a saint from Burgos.
De La Hoya Spanish
Means "of the hole" in Spanish.
De La Iglesia Spanish
Means “of the church” in Spanish.
De La Isla Spanish
Means "of the island" in Spanish.
De La Luna Spanish, Filipino
Means "of the moon" in Spanish.
De La Mora Spanish
"De la," in several Romance languages (including Spanish and Romanian), means "from." "Mora," in Spanish, translates to "mulberry."... [more]
De La Muerte Spanish (Rare)
Means "of death" in Spanish. Name given to a person who worked as a graveyard worker.
De La Parra Spanish
Means "of the vine" in Spanish.
De La Peña Spanish
Means "of the Rock" in Spanish.
De La Presa Spanish
Means "of the dam" in Spanish.
De La Rosa Spanish (Latin American)
Means "of the Rose" in Spanish.
Delarosa Spanish
Means "of the rose" in Spanish.
De La Sierra Spanish
Means "of the mountain range" in Spanish.
De Las Nieves Spanish
Means "of the snows" in Spanish.
De La Torre Spanish
Topographic name "from (de) the tower (la torre)", i.e. someone who lived by a watchtower, "from (de) the tower (la torre)".
De La Vega Spanish
Means "of the meadow" in Spanish.
Del Campo Spanish
Means "of the camp" in Spanish.
Del Carmen Spanish
Means "of Carmen" in Spanish.
Del Castillo Spanish
Means "of the Castle" in Spanish, referring to someone who worked in one.
Delfin Spanish
Meaning "dolphin" in Spanish.
Delfino Italian, Spanish
From the personal name Delfino, from Latin Delphinus, from delphis "dolphin", regarded in medieval times as a symbol of goodness and friendliness.
Delgadillo Spanish
Diminutive of Delgado.
De Lima Spanish
"de Lima" is the surname given to the people who lived near the Limia River (Lima in portuguese) on the Province of Ourense, an autonomous community of Galicia, located at the northwest of Spain. The root of the name is Don Juan Fernandez de Lima, maternal grandson to the King Alfonso VI de León (1040-1109).
Della Italian, Spanish
Likely derived from the Italian and Spanish word della, meaning "of the".
Del Mar Spanish
Means "of the sea" in Spanish.
De Los Reyes Spanish
Means “of the kings” in Spanish.
De Los Santos Spanish
Means "of the saints" in Spanish.
Del Pueblo Spanish
Means "of the village" in Spanish.
Del Rosario Spanish, Filipino
Means "of the rosary" in Spanish.
Del Sol Spanish
Means "of the sun" in Spanish.
De Luna Spanish
Means "of the moon" in Spanish.
Del Villar Spanish
Means "of Villar" in Spanish.
Dema Spanish
1 Spanish: unexplained; it is associated with Uesca province, in Aragon.... [more]
De Macedo Portuguese (Brazilian)
Means "of the apple orchard" (see Macedo).
De Maria Portuguese (Brazilian), Italian
Means "of Mary" in Portuguese and Italian.
Demetrio Italian, Spanish
From the given name Demetrio.
Denís Spanish, Galician
From the given name Denís.
Deodato Portuguese
From the given name Deodato.
De Paz Spanish (Latin American)
Means "of Peace" in Spanish.
De Sá Portuguese
Variant of .
De San Buenaventura Spanish (Archaic)
Means "of Saint Bonaventure" in Spanish.
De Santana Portuguese (Brazilian)
Means "of St. Anne 1" in Portuguese.
De Santo Italian, Spanish
Mean “Son of Santo”.
Descalzo Spanish
It means "barefoot"
Desiderio Italian, Spanish
From the given name Desiderio.
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.
Diestro Spanish, Filipino
Means "right-handed" in Spanish.
Dimas Spanish, Portuguese, Greek
Derived from the biblical name "Dimas".
Diogo Portuguese
From the given name Diogo.
Diola Spanish
Derived from the given masculine name Andrea
Dionicio Spanish
From the given name Dionicio.
Diosdado Spanish
From the given name Diosdado.
Domingos Portuguese
From the given name Domingos
Domingues Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of Domínguez.
Dominguez Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of Domínguez primarily used in America and the Philippines.
Donaire Spanish, Filipino
From Spanish el donaire meaning "grace,charm". It could be a nickname for a graceful or charming person.
Dorado Spanish
From dorado "golden" (from Late Latin deaurare "to gild", from aurum "gold"), probably applied as a nickname to someone with golden hair.
Dos Santos Portuguese, Galician
Means "of the saints" in Portuguese and Galician, originally given to a person born or baptized on All Saints' Day.
Dramis Italian, Spanish (Latin American)
Not just a surname in Italy; it can also be found in Argentina and Brazil.... [more]
Duda Portuguese
Perhaps a transferred use of the given name, Duda
Durantez Spanish
From the given Italian name Durante.
Eanes Portuguese
Variant of Anes.
Eduardo Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Eduardo.
Eiriz Portuguese
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous parish of the municipality of Paços de Ferreira.
Eleuterio Spanish, Italian
From the given name Eleuterio.
Elías Spanish, Jewish
From the given name Elías.
Elias Greek, Catalan, Portuguese, English, Welsh, German, Dutch, Jewish
Derived from the medieval given name Elias. Compare Ellis.
Eligio Italian, Spanish
From the given name Eligio
Eliseo Italian, Spanish
From the given name Eliseo.
Elizalde Basque, Spanish
From Basque eleiza meaning "church" combined with the suffix -alde "by". This could be either a habitational name for a person who was from the town of Elizalde in Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, or a topographic name for someone living near a church.
Eloy Spanish
From the given name Eloy
Emboaba Portuguese (Brazilian, Rare)
Variant of Emboava. A famous bearer of this surname is Brazilian footballer Oscar.
Emigdio Spanish
From the given name Emigdio.
Emiliano Italian, Spanish
From the given name Emiliano.
Enamorado Spanish
Nickname for a person relating to love.
Encarnación Spanish
Means "incarnation" in Spanish. This is given in reference to the Incarnation of Jesus in the womb of the Virgin Mary (see Encarnación).
Enciñias Spanish
Derives from Spanish heritage and culture. Other spellings of the name of ENCIÑIAS may be Encinas, Encinias, Encinitas etc.
Enrique Spanish
From the given name Enrique.
Enríquez Spanish
Means "son of Enrique".
Enriquez Spanish
Unaccented form of Enríquez.
Epifanio Spanish, Italian
From the given name Epifanio.
Escandón Spanish
Derived from a field named "Escanda" denoting a type of wheat. Perhaps farmers who lived close to the area.
Escañuela Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Andalusian municipality.
Escobar Spanish
A topographic name from a collective form of escoba, meaning 'broom' (from the late Latin, scopa), or a habitational name from either of two minor places in Santander province called Escobedo.
Escolar Spanish
From Spanish escuela meaning "school".
Esguerra Spanish, Filipino
Castilianized form of Basque Ezkerra from ezker meaning "left, left-handed".
España Spanish
From the Spanish word for Spain.
Esperón Spanish
From Spanish espera meaning to wait. Perhaps an occupational name for a waiter.
Espinal Spanish
Spanish: from any of numerous fields named Espinal or Espinar, from a collective of espina ‘thorn’.
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.
Espinosa De Los Monteros Spanish
Originating in northern Spain in the Espinosa de los Monteros municipality, it has various meanings. One meaning is that it was the surname of hidalgos who lived in Espinosa and helped the nobles get on their horses... [more]
Espiridión Spanish
From the given name Espiridión.
Espírito Santo Portuguese
Means “Holy Spirit” in Portuguese.... [more]
Espíritu Spanish
From a short form of Spanish del Espíritu Santo meaning "of the Holy Spirit, of the Holy Ghost" (Latin Spiritus Sanctus), which was the second part of religious compound names formed from the bearer's given name and del Espíritu Santo... [more]
Espiritu Spanish (Filipinized)
Unaccented form of Espíritu primarily used in the Philippines.
Esquivel Spanish
A name for someone who lives behind lime trees.
Estanislao Spanish
From the given name Estanislao.
Estanislau Portuguese
Stanislav Derived from the Slavic elements stani meaning "stand, become" combined with slava meaning "glory".... [more]
Esteruelas Spanish
Possibly from the place name Camarma de Esteruelas, a village in Madrid.
Estes Welsh, Spanish, English
a popular surname derived from the House of Este. It is also said to derive from Old English and have the meaning "of the East." As a surname, it has been traced to southern England in the region of Kent, as early as the mid-16th century.
Estrella Spanish
Derived from the word 'strella' meaning a star in Spanish.
Estremera Spanish
Spanish: habitational name from a place in Madrid province called Estremera.
Eufracio Spanish
From the given name Eufracio.
Eugenio Italian, Spanish
From the given name Eugenio.
Eulogio Spanish
From the given name Eulogio.
Eustáquio Portuguese
From the given name Eustáquio.
Eva Spanish, Catalan, Occitan, Italian, Portuguese
From the given name Eva.
Fabio Italian, Spanish
From the given name Fabio.
Facundo Spanish
From the given name Facundo
Fagundes Portuguese
Patronymic from the personal name Fagundo (see Facundo).
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]
Farias Portuguese
Habitational name from any of various places in Portugal called Faria.
Farinha Portuguese
Means "wheat flour" in Portuguese.
Fausto Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the give name Fausto.
Federico Spanish, Italian
From the given name Federico.
Felipe Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Felipe.
Fermín Spanish
From the given name Fermín.
Fernandez Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of Fernández primarily used in America and the Philippines.
Ferrando Italian, Spanish
This surname can be derived from a given name (thus making it a patronymic surname) as well as from a nickname (thus making it a descriptive surname). In the case of a patronymic surname, the surname is derived from the medieval masculine given name Ferrando, which was in use in both Italy and Spain during the Middle Ages... [more]
Figueiredo Portuguese
Name for someone from any of various places named Figueiredo, from Portuguese figueiredo meaning "fig tree orchard".
Filipe Portuguese
From the given name Filipe.
Firmino Portuguese
Surname descendant of Firmino, meaning “firm”. A famous bearer is Brazilian footballer Roberto Firmino.
Flamenco Spanish (Latin American)
From the name of the art form based on the various folkloric music traditions of southern Spain.
Florêncio Portuguese
From the given name Florêncio
Florencio Spanish
From the given name Florencio
Florino Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Florino.
Floro Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
From the given name Floro.
Fontañez Spanish
From the Latin fons meaning "fountain."
Fortuna Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Means "fortune" in Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian.
Fraga Portuguese
Fraga, also derived from the Spanish variation of the word frescas meaning "strawberries", in the Portugal it translates to "from the cliffs or cliffside"
Fraire Spanish
Comes from Latin frater meaning "brother".
França Portuguese
Means "France" in Portuguese.
Francês Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of Frances.
Frances Spanish, Catalan
From Spanish and Catalan meaning "French". Denoting someone of French origin.
Francisco Spanish, Portuguese
Derived from the given name Francisco.
Franquez Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese for "son of Franco."
Frederico Portuguese
From the given name Frederico.
Frías Spanish
Taken from the city of Frías, in Spain. The name of the city is taken from the Spanish phrase aguas frías, meaning "cold waters".
Fructuoso Spanish
From the given name Fructuoso.
Fuenmayor Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Riojan municipality.
Fuensalida Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
Fuerte Spanish
Derived from the Spanish word "fuerte" meaning strong.
Fulcar Spanish (Latin American)
Most common in the Dominican Republic.
Gabino Spanish
From the given name Gabino.
Galán Spanish
From Spanish meaning "prince".