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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Melchor Spanish
Derived from the given name Melchor.
Melendez Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of Meléndez primarily used in America and the Philippines.
Melgar Spanish
Topographical name for someone who lived by a field of lucerne, Spanish melgar (a collective derivative of mielga 'lucerne', Late Latin melica, for classical Latin Medica (herba) 'plant' from Media).
Melgosa Spanish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Castilian municipalities, Melgosa de Burgos or Melgosa de Villadiego. It could also indicate familial origin within the Manchego municipality La Melgosa.
Melillo Spanish, Italian
describing someone who worked on an apple orchard,harvesting and selling apples from the italian mela
Melquíades Spanish
From the given name Melquíades.
Mendez Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of Méndez primarily used in America and the Philippines.
Mendosa Spanish
Variant spelling of Mendoza.
Menendez Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of Menéndez primarily used in America and the Philippines.
Mengíbar Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Andalusian municipality.
Mercado Spanish
Topographic name for someone living by a market or metonymic occupational name for a market trader, from Spanish mercado meaning "market".
Merino Spanish
"Merino" where a kind of medieval judges in the kingdoms of Castille and Navarre (nowadays Spain). Besides solving controversies among the people, could have some role in the organization of their territories.... [more]
Mesa Spanish
Habitational name for someone from any of the various locations in Spain called Mesa meaning "table" or "mesa" in Spanish (referring to a flat area of land).
Mesías Spanish, Spanish (Latin American)
Spanish, meaning Messiah.
Messias Portuguese (Brazilian)
Derived from the given name Messias
Mestanza Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
Mieles Italian, Spanish, French
Meaning "honey".
Mier Spanish, Dutch, English (American)
As a Spanish name relates to late summer and means "harvest" or "ripened".... [more]
Miguel Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Miguel.
Miguelañez Spanish
Derived from the given name Miguel.
Mijangos Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Castilian municipality of Merindad de Cuesta Urria.
Milán Spanish
Spanish form of Milan.
Miqueletos Spanish
From the Spanish given name Miguel.
Miramontes Spanish
Looker of mountains.
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".
Moclin Spanish
A town positioned outside of Granada and Toledo Spain, its current occupants number in the thousands. But, 700’s this town was positioned in a mist of sprawling Moorish control. And, for the next 800 years, it was the epic center of Europe’s culture and medicine... [more]
Mondragón Spanish
From the name of a town in Basque County, Spain, which is derived from Latin mons draconis meaning "dragon mountain".
Mondragon Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of Mondragón chiefly used in America and the Philippines.
Moniz Portuguese
From the medieval Portuguese first name Muhno.... [more]
Monteblanco French, Spanish
Originally from France "Mont Blanc" but translated when arrived in Spain.
Monteiro Portuguese (Modern)
Monteiro is the portuguese version of the spanish Montero
Montemayor Spanish
Habitational name from any of several places called Montemayor, from monte meaning "mountain" + mayor meaning "main", "larger", "greater", in particular in the provinces of Cordova, Salamanca, and Valladolid.
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".
Monterosa Spanish (Latin American)
From Spanish monte meaning "mountain", and rosa meaning "pink, rose".
Montes Spanish
Derived from Spanish monte "mountain".
Montes De Oca Spanish
Spanish surname meaning "mounts of goose".
Montiel Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
Montoya Spanish, Basque
meaning "mountain"... [more]
Monzon Spanish
Habitational name from Monzón, a place in Uesca province, which is probably named from Latin montione ‘big mountain’.
Moraes Portuguese
From the Portuguese form of Spanish Morales.
Moratalla Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Murcian municipality.
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
Moros Spanish
Habitational name from Moros in Zaragoza province, so named from the plural of moro ‘Moor’, i.e. ‘the place where the Moors live’.
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]
Moya Spanish
Habitational name from any of various locations called Moya.
Moyano Spanish
Habitational name for someone from Moya, from an adjectival form of the place name.
Muñecas Spanish
It literally means "dolls" or "wrists".
Muñiz Spanish
Variant of Muñoz.
Murcia Spanish
Habitational name from the city Murcia.
Murillo Spanish
Habitational name for someone from any of various locations called Murillo, so named from a diminutive of Spanish muro meaning "wall".
Nájera Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Riojan municipality.
Naranjo Spanish
Topographic name for someone who lived by an orange grove, from Spanish naranjo ‘orange tree’ (from naranja ‘orange’, Arabic nāránjya), or a habitational name from a place named Naranjo in A Coruña and Códoba provinces... [more]
Narciso Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Narciso.
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.
Natalio Spanish
From the given name Natalio.
Natividad Spanish
From the personal name Natividad "nativity, Christmas", from Latin nativitas "birth", genitive nativitatis, usually bestowed with reference to the Marian epithet María de la Natividad... [more]
Natividade Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of Natividad.
Navas Spanish
Pural form of Spanish and Asturian-Leonese Nava (see also Naves).... [more]
Navidad Spanish
Derived from the personal name Noel. It means "Christmas" in Spanish.
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.
Negron Spanish, Italian
This surname is a most likely variant of the word and name Negro.
Nery Portuguese
Derivation of the Scottish surname Macnair.
Nessim Spanish, Jewish, Hebrew
Hebrew for 'miracles'. Name was originally Bar-Nisim; 'Children of the Miricle'
Nicasio Italian, Spanish
From the given name Nicasio.
Nicolás Spanish
From the given name Nicolás.
Nicolau Portuguese, Galician, Catalan
From the given name Nicolau.
Niño Spanish
Nickname from Spanish niño meaning "child", "boy". This was often given to a first-born son as a familiar name.
Noceda Spanish
Spanish surname derived from the word "nocedal" meaning "field of walnut trees" it denoted a person who lived or came from such place.
Nogales Spanish
Habitational name from either of two locations in Spain named Nogales, from the plural form of Spanish nogal meaning "walnut tree".
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.
Obregón Spanish
Spanish habitational name from Obregón in Santander province.
Ocampo Spanish, Galician
From the Galician toponym O Campo meaning "the field", also used as a habitational name from a town of the same name in Lugo, Galicia.
Ocaña Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
Ocón Spanish
This indicates familial origin within either the eponymous Riojan municipality or the Ocón de Villafranca neighborhood of the Castilian municipality of Villafranca Montes de Oca.
Octavio Spanish
From the given name Octavio.
Olegario Spanish
From the given name Olegario.
Oliva Italian, Spanish
Of uncertain origin: derived either from a nickname to those who picked, worked with or sold olives, or from the given name Oliva.
Olivares Spanish
Nabitational name from any of several places named Olivares, from the plural of Spanish olivar 'olive grove'.
Onofre Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Onofre.
Orona Spanish
Spanish: habitational name from a town of this name in Burgos province.
Orosco Spanish, Basque
Variant of Orozco. Means "place of the holly trees" from oros meaning "holly tree" and the suffix -ko suggesting place. Also believed to have been derived from Latin orosius meaning "the son of bringer of wisdom".
Orozco Spanish, Basque
Comes from the Bilbao province in the Basque region of Spain.
Ortis Portuguese
Portuguese cognate of Ortiz.
Orzabal Spanish
Used by Roland Orzabal.
Oseguera Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Castilian municipality of Valle de Mena.
Osorio Spanish
From the given name Osorio.
Osvaldo Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
From the given name Osvaldo.
Oviedo Spanish, Asturian
Derived from spanish "oveja" meaning sheep.
Pablo Spanish
From the given name Pablo.
Pacana Spanish
From pacana meaning "pecan", "pecan tree", a word of Algonquin origin. This surname is also found in the Philippines.
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.
Pagán Spanish
Castilianized spelling of Catalan Pagà, from the Late Latin personal name Paganus, which originally meant "dweller in an outlying village" (see Paine).
Palacio Spanish
Palacio is derived from the Spanish word "palaciao," meaning a "palace," and as a surname, was no doubt taken on by someone who lived near a palace or mansion, or perhaps by someone who worked there.
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]
Pancho Spanish
From the given name Pancho.
Pão Portuguese
Metonymic occupational name for a baker, from pão meaning "bread"
Par Portuguese
Derived from Portuguese meaning "pair, couple, equal".
Parra Spanish
From Spanish meaning "vine".
Parras Spanish
Plural form of Parra.
Pascua Spanish
From the personal name Pascual. It also means "Easter" in Spanish.
Pastrana Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
Patiño Spanish, Galician
From a diminutive of Spanish or Galician pato meaning "duck", used as a nickname for a person who waddled.
Pavon Spanish (Latin American)
Nickname for a proud man
Pedraza Spanish
Refers to the blow received from a stone thrown intentionally to wound someone.
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".
Peebles Scottish, Spanish (?)
Habitational name from places so named in Scotland. The place names are cognate with Welsh pebyll "tent, pavilion".
Peinado Spanish
Derived from peinado meaning "combed" (past participle of peinar meaning "to comb"), hence a nickname for a well-groomed person or for someone with naturally smooth rather than curly hair.
Pellicer Spanish
Spanish variant of Pelletier
Peñalver Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
Peñaranda Spanish
Habitational name from places in Burgos and Salamanca named Peñaranda.
Pennilope Spanish (Latin American)
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Perales Spanish
Habitational name for someone from any of various locations named Perales, from Spanish perales meaning "pear trees" (the plural of peral meaning "pear tree").
Peralta Catalan, Spanish, Aragonese
Habitational name from any of the places in Aragon, Catalonia, and Navarre called Peralta, from Latin petra alta "high rock". This name is also established in Italy.
Peres Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Gascon, Breton
Means "son of Pedro" in Spanish and Portuguese. Means "son of Pere" in Catalan... [more]
Persaud Indian, South American
Indo-Guyanese form of Prasad. This is the most common surname in Guyana.
Persia Italian, Spanish
Ethnic name or regional name for someone from Persia (modern-day Iran) or some other country with Persian-speaking peoples or a nickname for someone who had visited or traded with one of these countries (see the given name Persis)... [more]
Pescador Spanish
Means "fisherman, fisher" in Spanish.
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."
Pichardo Spanish
Spanish form of the surname Picard
Pico Spanish
meaning beak of a bird, or peak of a mountain in spanish... [more]
Pikachu Brazilian
From Japanese ピカチュウ (Pikachuu), derived from the onomatopoeic words ピカピカ (pikapika), a sparkly sound, and チュウチュウ (chuuchuu), a mouse sound. It happens to be a nickname for someone with a short stature who runs super fast according to the famous barrier Yago Pikachu (born Glaybson Yago Souza Lisboa) a Brazilian footballer who plays for Fortaleza.
Piñal Spanish
Surname whose house was in Hoz de Anero, in the City council of Ribamontán al Monte (Santander).
Pineda Spanish, Catalan
Habitational name from any of the places in the provinces of Barcelona, Cuenca, and Burgos named Pineda, from Spanish and Catalan pineda "pine forest".
Piñero Spanish
Castilianized from the Portuguese surname Pinheiro, meaning "pine-tree"
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.
Pita Spanish
Spanish and Portuguese: from Spanish, Portuguese pita ‘chicken’ or in some cases possibly from the plant pita ‘pita’, ‘American aloe’, presumably a topographic name.
Pizarro Spanish
One who produces, or deals in, slate.
Plata Spanish
Habitational name from places in Toledo and Cáceres provinces named Plata, or various places named La Plata.
Plata Spanish
Byname from plata "silver".
Poblete Spanish (Latin American)
Habitational name from Poblete in the province of Ciudad Real.
Polanco Spanish
Habitational name from Polanco in Santander province.
Pombal Portuguese
from the portuguese word: pombo meaning "dove", "pigeon". ... [more]
Ponce Spanish, English
The Ponce name was carried into England after the migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066.'Ponce' is derived from 'Ponsoby',a place in Cumberland, where the family settled. The Ponce motto is 'Pro rege, lege grege' meaning "For the King, law, and people"
Ponce De Leon Spanish
Compound name composed of the family name Ponce + the habitational name León.
Ponciano Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Ponciano.
Porfirio Spanish, Italian
From the given name Porfirio
Portal Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Portuguese, Occitan
Topographical surname for someone living near the gates of a fortified town.
Portillo Spanish
Meaning unknown.
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]
Pozos Spanish, Galician
A habitational name from any of several places named with the plural of pozo, meaning ‘well’. See Pozo.
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.
Príncipe Italian, Spanish
From principe "prince, heir" (Latin princeps, genitive principis, from primus "first" and capere "to take"), applied probably as a nickname for someone who gave himself airs and graces or for someone in the service of a prince.
Prudencio Spanish
From the given name Prudencio
Pruna Spanish (Rare)
Possibly a habitational name from a place so named in Spain. It could also be derived from Catalan pruna "plum".
Puente Spanish
Habitational name from any of the numerous places named Puente, from puente ‘bridge’.
Puentes Spanish
Means "bridges" in Spanish. Originated from "puente". The surname was first found in the valley of the Trucios in the Basque region of Spain.However, families with this surname have been present in Catalonia for hundreds of years... [more]
Puerto Spanish
Habitational name from any of the numerous places named Puerto, in most cases from puerto ‘harbor’ (from Latin portus ‘harbor’, ‘haven’).
Pulido Spanish, Spanish (Latin American)
Thought to have come through Cuba and Puerto Rico from Burgos, the capital of Castile in northern Spain in the 16th century. The name likely originated there in the 11th century. It means neat, polished, and clean.
Pupillo Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Pupillo.
Quaresma Portuguese
Means "Lent" in Portuguese.
Quezada Spanish
Probably a variant of Quesada.
Quintero Spanish
Habitational name from a location in Galicia named Quintero, from Galician quinteiro meaning "farmstead, square, plaza". Alternately, it may be derived from Spanish quinto meaning "fifth", possibly used as a name for a renter of quintas (a type of wine-growing estate).
Quinto Aragonese, Spanish, Catalan, Italian
Habitational surname for a person from a place called Quinto, for example in Zaragoza province. However, the high concentration of the surname in Alacant province suggests that, in some cases at least, it may derive from the personal name Quinto (from Latin Quintus denoting the fifth-born child or Catalan quinto "young soldier").... [more]
Quirino Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Quirino.
Quispe Quechua (Hispanicized)
Hispanicized form of Quechua qispi meaning "free".
Rabago Spanish
Habitational name from Rábago in Cantabria province.
Rachlyn Jewish (Rare), Polish (Rare), Brazilian (Rare)
Rachlyn is a Jewish surname derived directly from polish "Rachman". This surname is very rare and apparently only few members in Brazil, descendants of Polish survivors of Holocaust.... [more]
Raij Spanish, Judeo-Spanish, Portuguese, Romani (Caló)
Borrowed from Hindi राइज (raij) meaning "rice". This surname is found among Christian and Jewish Caló families.
Raimundez Spanish
Means "son of Raimundo" in Spanish.
Ramirez Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of Ramírez primarily used in America and the Philippines.
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).
Rampersaud Indian, South American
Indo-Guyanese variant of Rampersad.
Rangel German, Spanish, Portuguese
A variant of Rengel. This name is also found in Portugal.
Rascon Spanish
Possibly a nickname for Rascón, meaning “sharp”, “sour”, or “rail(meaning the bird)”
Raya Galician, Spanish
Possibly a habitational name from Raya in Galicia or in Albacete and Murcia provinces. Possibly a topographic name from Spanish raya meaning "line", denoting the boundary between two countries or provinces.
Regalado Spanish, Spanish (Philippines), American (Hispanic)
Means "gifted", "pleasant", or "capable".
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.
Reinoso Spanish
Meaning "place of fields".
Reis Portuguese
Means "kings" in Portuguese.
Remigio Italian, Spanish
From the given name Remigio
Rengel Spanish
Habitational name from a place called Rengel in Málaga province.
Rentería Spanish
Spanish Castilianized variant of Basque Errenteria, habitational name from either of the two Basque towns called Errenteria in Gipuzkoa and Biscay provinces, Basque Country.
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.
Reséndez Spanish
Means "son of Resendo"
Resurrección Spanish
A nickname for someone who had resurrected from the dead.