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.
Victoria Portuguese
Transferred use of the given name Victoria
Victoriano Spanish
From the given name Victoriano
Victorino Spanish
From the given name Victorino
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.
Viejo Spanish
From Spanish meaning "old".
Vigil Spanish
Comes from the word "vigil", which is Latin for "vigilia" and "wakefulness".
Villafuerte Spanish (Latin American), Spanish (Philippines)
Denoted someone who came from the name of the municipality of Villafuerte de Esgueva in the province of Valladolid, Castile and León, Spain.
Villagran Spanish
From a lost village called Villa Grande, meaning 'large farmstead or settlement'.
Villalba Spanish
Habitual surname for someone from any of the various Spanish locations named Villalba. The name is derived from Spanish villa meaning "farmstead, settlement" and albo meaning "white".
Villalpando Spanish
It first came from a Spanish village town.
Villamayor Spanish
Habitational name for any of the numerous places in Spain with this name.
Villard Galician, Portuguese
A Galician and Portuguese surname in the north of Iberian Peninsula. It's a last name belonging to ancient Celtic tribes.
Villareal Spanish (Philippines), Spanish (Latin American), American (Hispanic)
Variant of Villarreal primarily used in the Philippines and Columbia.
Villarreal Spanish
Habitational name from any of various places called Villarreal (or Villareal), derived from Spanish villa meaning "farm, town, settlement" and real meaning "royal".
Villasante Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Castilian municipality of Merindad de Montija.
Villasenor Spanish
Habitational name, apparently a Castilianized spelling of Galician Vilseñor, from any of three places in Lugo province named Vilaseñor.
Villatoro Spanish
Presumably a name given to someone from Villatoro, Spain
Villavicencio Spanish (Latin American), Spanish (Philippines)
Denoted someone who came from the name of the municipality of Villavicencio de los Caballeros in Castile and León, Spain.
Villeda Spanish
Probably from french.
Villegas Spanish
Habitational name from the municipality of Villegas in Burgos province, Spain.
Vinagre Spanish, Portuguese
An occupational surname for someone who sells vinegar.
Viniegra Spanish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Riojan municipalities in the Comarca of Anguiano: Viniegra de Arriba or Viniegra de Abajo.
Virgem Portuguese
Portuguese form of Virgo.
Virgen Spanish
Spanish form of Virgo.
Virtuoso English (American), Spanish, Italian
This Italian surname could possibly be connected to those whose ancestors were involved in playing a musical instrument or somehow connected to the musical instrument industry.
Vitorino Portuguese
From the given name Vitorino
Vivanco Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the Castilian locality of Vivanco de Mena.
Vivar Spanish, History
From the village of Vivar, later renamed Vivar del Cid, nowadays part of Quintanilla Vivar located near Burgos, Castile and León, Spain.... [more]
Vizinho Portuguese
Portuguese form of Voisin.
Wero Spanish (Latin American), Maori
Maori: Means "to cast a spear"... [more]
Xisto Portuguese
Means "schist" or "shale" in Portuguese. Can also be found in Brazil.
Yáñez Spanish
Patronymic of JUAN.
Yerbabuena Spanish (Latin American)
From Spanish yerba buena meaning "good herb"
Yupanqui Quechua (Hispanicized)
Hispanicized form of Quechua yupanki meaning "accountant".
Zaldívar Basque, Spanish
Derived from Basque zaldi meaning "horse" combined with ibar meaning "valley". This is also the name of a town in Biscay, Spain.
Zamora Spanish
Comes from the ancient city of Zamora in Northwest Spain. It means "wild olives."
Zapata Spanish
Occupational surname for a shoemaker, from Spanish zapato meaning "shoe". It can also be considered a habitational name for someone originally from any of the various locations in Spain called Zapata.
Zapato Spanish
Means "shoe" in Spanish.
Zaragoza Spanish, Aragonese
Name given to someone who was from the city Zaragoza in the Aragon region in Spain.
Zarta South American
Chiefly used in Colombia.
Zavattari Italian, French, Spanish, Romanian
A derivation of the Old French word 'savate'... [more]
Zayas Spanish
Derives from the Basque word 'zai', meaning watchman or guard.
Zeferino Portuguese
From the given name Zeferino
Zegarra Spanish (Latin American)
Possibly a Castilianized form of the Catalan Segarra.
Zúñiga Spanish
Spanish form of Zuñiga.
Zurdo Spanish
Means "left-handed" in Spanish.
Zurita Spanish, Aragonese
An Aragonese surname derived from the Stock Bird, a species of bird.