South American Submitted Surnames

South American names include those from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
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Guimarães Portuguese
Habitational name for someone originally from the city of Guimarães in northern Portugal.
Gusmão Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of Guzmán.
Gustavo Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Gustavo.
Gutierre Spanish
From the given name Gutierre.
Guzman Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of Guzmán used mainly in America and the Philippines.
Hay English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Frisian
Scottish and English: topographic name for someone who lived by an enclosure, Middle English hay(e), heye(Old English (ge)hæg, which after the Norman Conquest became confused with the related Old French term haye ‘hedge’, of Germanic origin)... [more]
Henares Spanish
Derived from the Celtic form of "brave". Also is the name of many towns (Alcala de Henares, Espinosa de Henares, Tortola de Henares...) and a river
Heredia Spanish
Habitational name from any of various places in Basque Country called Heredia, probably derived from Latin heredium meaning "hereditary estate".
Hernandez Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of Hernández primarily used in America and the Philippines.
Hernando Spanish
From the given name Hernando.
Higuaín Spanish (Rare), Basque (Hispanicized)
Derived from the Basque surname Iguain, of uncertain origin.
Hilario Spanish
From the given name Hilarius.
Holanda Portuguese, Spanish
Spanish and Portuguese form of Holland.
Honesto Spanish
From the given name Honesto.
Honorato Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Honorato
Honorio Spanish
From the given name Honorio
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.
Hoya Spanish
is a habitational (local) name, taken on from any of several place names, such as from Hoyos in Cáceres province, or Hoyos in Ávila province. These place names come from the Spanish words "hoyo," meaning "pit," or "hole."
Huamán Quechua (Hispanicized)
Hispanicized form of Quechua waman meaning "falcon, hawk".
Huertas Spanish
Plural form of Spanish huerta meaning "garden, orchard".
Huidobro Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Castilian municipality of Los Altos.
Humberto Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Humberto.
Hurtado Spanish
Derived from the Spanish word hurtar, meaning "to steal".
Ildefonso Spanish
From the given name Ildefonso.
Illescas Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
Inácio Portuguese
From the given name Inácio.
Indalecio Spanish
From the given name Indalecio.
Infante Spanish
From infante literally "child", but in Spain also a title borne by the eldest sons of noblemen before they inherited, and in particular by the son of the king of Castile; thus the surname probably originated either as a nickname for one of a lordly disposition or as an occupational name for a member of the household of an infante.
Ingles Spanish
Spanish (Inglés): ethnic term denoting someone of English origin, from Spanish Inglés ‘English’.
Iniesta Spanish
Possibly from iniesta meaning "leafhopper".
Íñigo Spanish
From the given name Íñigo.
Inocêncio Portuguese
From the given name Inocêncio.
Isidro Spanish
From the given name Isidro.
Isla Spanish
Means "island" in Spanish.
Issac English, Spanish
From the given name Issac.
Jacinto Portuguese, Spanish
From the given name Jacinto.
Jacó Portuguese
From the given name Jacó.
Jacobo Spanish
From the given name Jacobo.
Jaimez Spanish
Means "son of Jaime" in Spanish.
Japon Filipino, Spanish, French
Ethnic name or regional name for someone from Japan or who had connections with Japan.
Jara Spanish
Habitational name any of the various places in southern Spain named Jara or La Jara, from jara meaning "rockrose", "cistus".
Jaramillo Spanish
Spanish habitational name from either of two places in the Burgos province: Jaramillo de la Fuente or Jaramillo Quemada.
Jareño Basque (Modern), Spanish
Perhaps "who lives among the rockroses".
Javier Spanish
Indicates familial origin from the town and municipality of Javier in Navarre, Spain
Jeremias Jewish, Spanish
Derived from the Hebrew given name Jeremiah
Jesús Spanish, Catalan, Occitan, French
From the given name Jesús.
João Portuguese
From the given name João.
Joaquim Portuguese
From the given name Joaquim.
Joaquín Spanish
From the given name Joaquín.
Jonda Spanish (Latin American, Japanized), American (Hispanic)
Jondá means Slingshot and hole in Spanish and is a surname in some Latin American countries and Americans with Hispanic heritage. It is a Japanized form of the surname Honda... [more]
Jordán Spanish, Hungarian
From the given name Jordán.
Jordão Portuguese
From the given name Jordão.
Jorge Spanish, Portuguese, Occitan
From the given name Jorge.
Jorquera Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Andalusian municipality.
Joséantonio Spanish
From the given name José Antonio.
Juan Spanish
From the given name Juan.
Juancarlos Spanish
From the given name Juan Carlos.
Juanez Spanish
Means “son of Juan
Juarez Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of Juárez primarily used in America and the Philippines.
Julião Portuguese
From the given name Julião.
Julio Spanish
Derived from the forename Julio.
Junio Spanish
From the given name Junio
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).
Justino Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Justino
Justo Spanish
From the given name Justo.
Kayano Japanese (Rare), Brazilian
Kaya means "yew tree",and No means "field,meadow,wilderness".People with this last name are Kayano Gonbei (a samurai),Ai Kayano(a voice actress of MANY characters /more than 30),and Shigeru Kayano(an Ainu politician who lived well up to 2006)... [more]
Krahe German, Spanish
From the German word Krähe, meaning "crow".... [more]
Krais German, Brazilian
Brazilian adaptation of the German surname Greis; altered for easier comprehension by the Portuguese-speaking population of Brazil.
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)’.
La Cotera Spanish
Spanish variant for Hill and/or someone living in a slope, A "cota" in Spanish.
Laguna Spanish
Habitational name for someone from any of the various locations in Spain named Laguna meaning "lake, pond" in Spanish.
Lainez Spanish
patronymic from the personal name Laín.
Lamounier Portuguese (Brazilian)
Most common in Brazil.
Lana Italian, Spanish
Means "wool" in Spanish and Italian.
Landaverde Spanish
From Spanish landa meaning 'meadow' + verde meaning 'green'.
Lanezo Spanish
Means "Lanezo's street" from Basque abas "Lanezo" and kale "street".
Lanza Italian, Spanish
From the places named "Lanzada".
Lapetina South American, Italian (?)
Possibly from Italian La Petina, the meaning of which is uncertain.
Lara Spanish
Name of village near Burgos. Derived from latin "lar, laris" - pagan household god.
Laranjeira Portuguese
It means "orange tree" in Portuguese
Largaespada Spanish (Latin American), Central American
Combination of Spanish larga, the feminine form of the adjective largo meaning "long," and espada meaning "sword." It is mostly used in Nicaragua.
Larrazabal Basque, Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Arteaga, Comarca of Arratia-Nerbioi.
Lascellas Spanish
Feminine vaiant of Lascellos.
Laura Spanish
Of uncertain origin; in some cases, it is possibly a habitational name from a place named Laura.
Laureano Spanish
From the given name Laureano
Laurel Spanish, Portuguese, Filipino, Tagalog, Cebuano
Topographic name for someone who lived by a laurel tree, Spanish laurel (Latin laurus), or a habitational name from Laurel in the Canary Islands.
Leal Portuguese, Spanish
Means "loyal" in Portuguese and Spanish. A famous bearer of this surname is Roberto Leal, a very popular singer in Portugal.
Leandres Portuguese
Means "son of Leandro" in Portuguese.
Leandrez Spanish
Spanish cognate of Leandres.
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]
Lemõns Spanish (Rare)
Variant of Lemons.
Lemus Spanish
Spanish form of Lèmieux.
Lencastre Portuguese
From the English surname Lancaster. Brought to Portugal by Phillipa Lancaster, who later married King John I.
Leocadio Spanish
From the given name Leocadio.
Leonado Spanish
The color tawny which is an orange, brown color. This descriptive surname was given to the Filipino people by the Spanish when the Philippines was colonized.
Leonardo Italian, Spanish, German
Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese from the Germanic personal name Leonhard, formed from the elements leo ‘lion’ + hard, ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’; this was an early medieval saint’s name (see Leonard).
Leoncio Spanish
From the given name Leoncio.
Leones Spanish
from the spanish term "leon" meaning lion or puma.... [more]
Leonor Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Leonor.
Liberio Italian, Spanish
From the given name Liberio
Liberto Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Liberto.
Librado Spanish
From the given name Librado.
Licona Spanish
Habitational name from a place called Likoa in Basque Country.
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').
Limon Spanish
An occupational name for a grower or seller of the fruit.
Limones Spanish
Plural form of Limon.
Linares Spanish
Means "son of Lineus" from latin "line".
Linde German, Dutch, Jewish, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Topographic name for someone who lived by a conspicuous lime tree, from Middle High German, Dutch linde, Scandinavian lind. There are several places, especially in North Germany, named with this word... [more]
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.
Liz Spanish
History unknown; surname known in the Dominican Republic
Llanes Spanish (Latin American), Spanish (Philippines)
Likely denoted someone who came from the municipality of Llanes in Spain.
Lopo Portuguese
From the given name Lopo.
Lorén Spanish
A variant of the Spanish personal name Llorente.
Lorez Spanish
Means "son of Lorenzo" in Spanish.
Lourenço Portuguese
From the given name Lourenço.
Lousada Portuguese
Name given from the village of Lousada, in Northern Portugal.
Loya Basque, Spanish
From Basque loya meaning "mud."
Lozada Spanish
Variant of Lozano.
Lucero English, Spanish
The surname "Lucero" was derived from English conquerers who came from England, most likely someone who worked for a king or queen. The term Lucero refers to a "star" or "light carrier" when the English traveled to Spain, the Spanish people gave them the name "Lucero" but earlier was spelled with an "s or Lusero"... [more]
Lucía Spanish, Italian
From the feminine personal name Lucia, feminine derivative of Latin lux meaning "light".
Lugo Spanish
Galician and Spanish habitational name from Lugo, a city in Galicia. This was a Roman settlement under the name of Lucus Augusti ‘grove or wood of Augustus’, but that may have been no more than an adaptation of an earlier name derived from that of the Celtic god Lugos.
Luján Spanish
This is the second last name of Spanish footballer/soccer player Andrés Iniesta.
Lujano Spanish
Spanish: variant of Luján ( see Lujan ).
Luz Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Luz.
Macario Italian, Spanish
From the given name Macario
Macarro Spanish
From the verb Macar meaning 'to bruise'
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
Madera Spanish
describing someone who lived or worked in a forest. the word Madera means "wood" in Spanish. Spanish meaning of surname Wood
Madrigal Spanish
"Madrigal" comes from from the Venetian madregal "simple, ingenuous," from Late Latin matricalis "invented, original," literally "of or from the womb," from matrix (gen. matricis) "womb."
Madriz Spanish, Catalan
patronymic surname meaning "son of Madrileño"; given to a person that came from Madrid, Spain.
Madroñero Spanish
It literally means "strawberry farmer".
Maestre Portuguese, Spanish
Occupational name from old Spanish and Portuguese maestre meaning 'master', 'master craftsman', 'teacher'.
Magaña Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Castilian municipality.
Magdaleno Spanish
Masculine form of the Biblical name Magdalena.
Maia Portuguese
Habitational name from any of several places named Maia, especially one in Porto.
Mairena Spanish
This indicates familial origin within either of 3 Andalusian localities: Mairena, Municipality of Nevada, Mairena del Alcor, or Mairena del Aljarafe.
Manjarrés Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Riojan municipality.
Manrique Spanish
From the given name Manrique.
Mantilla Spanish
Spanish: from mantilla ‘mantilla’, ‘scarf worn over the head and shoulders’, presumably an occupational name for a maker of mantillas or a descriptive name for someone who habitually wore such a garment.
Manuel Spanish, Portuguese, French, German
Derived from the given name Manuel.
Manuel Catalan, Spanish
Possibly also a habitational name from Manuel in Valencia province.
Maqueda Spanish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 eponymous localities: the Manchego municipality or the neighborhood of the Andalusian municipality of Málaga.
Marcelo Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Marcelo.
Marchant French, English, Spanish
Variant of Marchand, from French marchand meaning "merchant, mercantile". Though it is of French origin, it was transferred into the Spanish-speaking world, especially Chile, by French invasion of the Iberian Peninsula.
Marchena Spanish
This indicates familial origin within either of 4 Andalusian localities or 1 Murcian locality.
Marcial Spanish
From the given name Marcial
Marciano Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Derived from the given name Marciano
Marco Spanish, Italian
From the personal name Marco, from Latin Marcus (see Mark).
Marcos Spanish, Portuguese, Filipino
From the given name Marcos. A famous bearer was Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos (1917-1989).
Mares Spanish
A quarternary sand used in construction.
Mariano Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the personal name Mariano
Marinez Spanish
Means "son of Marino" in Spanish.
Marinho Portuguese
From the given name Marinho
Maripan Spanish (Latin American)
Meaning unknown, mostly used in Chile.
Marmolejo Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Andalusian municipality.
Marquina Spanish
Spanish form of any of several Basque towns called "Markina".
Marrero Italian, Spanish
Maker of spades or hoes. Marra spade
Marroquin Spanish
Spanish or Portuguese
Marte Spanish, Italian
From the given name Marte 2.
Martelle English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese
English and German: from a medieval personal name, a pet form of Martin or Marta.... [more]
Martes Spanish
Pet form of Marte.
Martillo Spanish
From the Spanish word "martillo" which means hammer. Occupational name for a user or maker of hammers.
Martines Portuguese
Means "Son of Martin." Portuguese form of Martínez.
Martinho Portuguese
From the given name Martinho
Martinien Spanish (Latin American)
A rare Latin American form of Martinez or Martin, meaning "Warring" or "At war"
Marzon Spanish
Is a portmanteau of the words mar, meaning sea, and corazon, meaning heart.
Matamoros Spanish
Given to the Apostle James, who according to tradition helped Christians to fight against the Moors.
Matarrita Spanish (Latin American)
Mostly used in Costa Rica.
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]
Mauleon Spanish (Archaic)
All I know is that there is a place in spain "Basque Country" that their town, apartments, holtes are named Mauleon. The language spoken is Basque a form of "Spanish and French"
Mauricio Spanish
From the given name Mauricio
Mayorga Spanish
habitational name, taken on from the place name Mayorga in Valladolid province of Castile.