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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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.
Silvinski Brazilian
The exact origin of Silvinski is unknown.
Simplicio Italian, Spanish
From the given name Simplicio
Sofia Spanish
From the given name Sofia.
Solano Spanish, Aragonese
From various Spanish place names, which are derived from Spanish solano meaning "place exposed to the sun" (from Late Latin solanus "pertaining to the sun", a derivative of sol "sun")... [more]
Solar Spanish (Rare), Catalan, Aragonese, Asturian
Spanish, Catalan, Aragonese, and Asturian-Leonese: topographic name from Latin solarius ‘ancestral home’ (a derivative of solum ‘ground’, ‘floor’), perhaps denoting someone who lived near or at the house of an important family.
Solís Spanish, Asturian
Derived from the word sol meaning "sun" in Spanish.
Solomón Jewish, Spanish
From the given name Solomón.
Solorio Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the vicinity of the Sierra de Solorio mountain range that straddles Aragon, La Mancha, & Old Castile.
Solórzano Spanish
Habitational name for someone originally from the municipality of Solórzano in Cantabria, Spain.
Sonora Spanish
From Spanish sonoro meaning "sonorous", perhaps a nickname for a loud person.
Soria Spanish (Rare)
The Spanish last name, Soria, comes from a city in Spain called Soria
Sotelo Spanish
From any of various places in Galicia named Soutelo, derived from Galician souto meaning "grove, plantation".
Sotero Galician, Spanish (?)
From the given name Sotero
Sotomayor Spanish
Castilianized form of Soutomaior.
Spain English, Spanish (Anglicized)
Derived from a geographical locality. 'of Spain.' A very early incomer.
Spínola Portuguese
Portuguese topographic name from a diminutive of espinha ‘thorn’, ‘thorn bush’.
Sta Maria Spanish
Means "St. Mary"
Suarez Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of Suárez primarily used in America and the Philippines.
Suazo Spanish, Spanish (Latin American), Basque
"Castilianized form of Basque Zuhatzu, habitational name from places in Araba and Navarre named Zuhatzu, from Basquezu(h)aitz‘tree’ + the collective suffix -zu, tsu."... [more]
Sudan Arabic, Italian, Spanish
Ethnic name or regional name for someone from Sudan or who had traded with Sudan. The name of the country is ultimately derived from Arabic سُود (sud) meaning "black", referring to the darker skin of the inhabitants.
Suleiman Portuguese
From the Given Name Suleiman.
Sultán Spanish, Galician
Spanish and Galician form of Sultan.
Tadeo Spanish
From the given name Tadeo
Tafolla Spanish
Possibly a derivative of southern Spanish tafulla, tahulla, a term denoting a measure of land. The surname is not found in present-day Spain.
Tafoya Spanish
Possibly a variant of Tafolla.
Talamantes Spanish
Habitational name from Talamantes in Zaragoza province
Talavera Spanish
Spanish: habitational name from any of several places named Talavera, especially Talavera de la Reina in Toledo province.
Tallón Spanish
Either a Spanish variant of Catalan Talló (see Tallo) or a habitational name from any of the places in A Coruña, Ourense, and Pontevedra provinces called Tallón.
Tamayo Spanish
from a town in the burgos region in spain.
Tartaro Spanish
Ethnic name or regional name for someone who was from Tatarstan or who had traded with Tatarstan.
Teixeria Portuguese, English (Rare)
Variant of Teixeira, more commonly used in the United States likely by American-Portuguese citizens
Tejada Spanish
Meaning "roof" or "lime tree."
Tejeda Spanish
Variant of Tejada.
Tejero Spanish (Hispanicized, Modern)
Tejero it's an occupational Spanish surname for a tiler, its origin may be in Saragossa, Spain. A famous bearer is Antonio Tejero (1932-), a Lieutenant Colonel who failed to make a coup d'état in Spain.
Téllez Spanish
from the given name Tello which is the Spanish form of the name Tellus, meaning "earth" in Latin
Tercero Spanish
Means "third" in Spanish (see Tercero).
Tiago Portuguese
From the given name Tiago.
Tiburcio Spanish
From the given name Tiburcio
Tico Spanish
From the given Tico.
Timoteo Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
From the given name Timoteo.
Tirado Spanish
Likely a nickname for a person with long limbs, from the Spanish tirado meaning "stretched".
Tobar Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Castilian municipality.
Tobías Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Jewish
From the given name Tobías.
Toledo Spanish
Habitational name from the city of Toledo in Spain, derived from Latin Toletum of uncertain meaning.
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.
Toribio Spanish
From the given name Toribio
Torquato Italian, Portuguese
From the given name Torquato
Torralba Spanish, Catalan, Aragonese
Habitational name from any of several places called Torralba, named with torre meaning "tower" + alba meaning "white".
Torras Spanish (?)
Means 'towers' in Spanish. Similar to name Torres.
Torrent Spanish
A topographical name for someone who lived by a flood stream, deriving from the Spanish torrente. Topographical surnames were among the earliest created, since both natural and man-made features in the landscape provided easily recognisable distinguish names in the small communities of the Middle Ages... [more]
Torrez Spanish
Variant of Torres.
Torriente Spanish (Latin American, Rare)
Cuban name likely meaning "river".
Toscano Italian, Spanish
Originally indicated someone who came from the region of Tuscany in central Italy.
Treviño Spanish
Habitational name from either of the places so named in the provinces of Burgos and Santander.
Triano Spanish
Possibly a habitational name from Triano, the Castilianized name of the Basque towns called Abanto and Urtuella, in Biscay province, Basque Country.
Trigueros Spanish
Habitational name from places in Huelva and Valladolid named Trigueros, from a derivative of trigo ‘wheat’, or possibly triguero ‘corn merchant’. Nickname from triguero ‘dark blond’, ‘corn colored’.
Trillo Spanish
It literally means "threshing board".
Trinidad Filipino, Spanish
Means "trinity" in Spanish, referring to the Holy Trinity.
Truan Spanish
Means "Knave" or "Joker"
Trueba Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the vicinity of the eponymous Castilian river.
Uceda Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
Uclés Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Manchego municipality.
Uñalivia Spanish (Rare)
Has no specific meaning but it was a rare spanish name
Vaca Spanish
Means "cow" in Spanish.
Vagula Estonian, Brazilian
Vagula is the name of a village and a lake in Võru Parish, Võru County in southern Estonia.
Val Spanish, French
It means valley. It comes from Britain and then moved to Aragón (Spain).
Valadez Asturian, Spanish, Mexican
Asturian-Leonese variant of Valdez.
Valderrama Spanish
Habitational name from any of the places named Valderrama, as for example in Burgos province.
Valente Italian, Galician, Portuguese
Italian, Galician, and Portuguese: nickname from valente ‘brave’, ‘valiant’.... [more]
Valentim Portuguese
From the given name Valentim
Valentín Spanish, Slovak
From the given name Valentín.
Valentins English, Portuguese
Derived from the given name Valentin.
Valenzuela Spanish
Habitational name from places named Valenzuela in Córdoba and Ciudad Real. The place name is a diminutive of Valencia, literally "Little Valencia".
Valério Portuguese
From the given name Valério.
Valero Spanish
From the given name Valero.
Valez Spanish
I think it is of Spanish Background possibly meaning 'Soldier' or 'Guard'. ... [more]
Valgañón Spanish
This indicates familial within the eponymous Riojan municipality.
Valle Spanish, Filipino, Italian
Habitational name from any of the many places named with valle "valley", or topographic name for someone who lived in a valley (Latin vallis).
Vallejo Spanish
Denoted someone who lived in a small valley.
Valverde Spanish
Refers to a place name which suggests a landscape, agreeable with herbs, flowers and water.
Vanderlei Brazilian
It derives from the Dutch surname Van der Leij/Ley. The surname arrived in Brazil by Kaspar Nieuwhoff Van Der Leij by 1630, a cavalry captain from the Dutch army.
Vario Italian, Spanish
From the given name Vario. Also means "various" in Italian.
Vazquez Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of Vázquez primarily used in America and the Philippines.
Vea Spanish, Galician
Habitational name, principally from Vea in Soria province, but in some cases from any of four places with the same name in Pontevedra province, Galicia.
Vecino Spanish
Spanish form of Voisin.
Vélez Spanish
Patronymic from the personal name Vela.
Vélez Spanish
Habitational name from any of various places in Andalusia called Vélez.
Velêz Portuguese
Possibly a habitational name from Vellés in Salamanca.
Veloso Spanish
From the Brazilian Spanish word for fast.
Venâncio Portuguese
From the given name Venâncio
Venegas Spanish
From the hybridization of Ben, meaning "son" in Arabic or Jewish, and Ega(s), a medieval given name of Visigothic origin.
Vera Spanish
Habitational name for someone from any of the various locations in Spain named Vera or La Vera from Spanish meaning "shore, bank".
Verano Spanish
Means 'summer' in Spanish. (See Summer)
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.
Verdejo Spanish
Habitational name from any of the places so called.
Vergino Esperanto, Brazilian
Taken from the Esperanto word vergino meaning "virgin".
Verneda Spanish, Catalan
As a Spanish and Catalan surname refers to someone who lived where alder trees grew.
Veron French, Spanish
Nickname for someone with bi-colored eyes. This surname is mostly frequent in Argentina.
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
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".
Villafañe Spanish
Derived from the village of Villafañe in Leon, Spain. His hierarch, perhaps, is the Burgos hidalgo Alvar Fañez.
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.
Villagra Spanish
Rare castilian surname, distributed throughout Spain with greater presence in Madrid, Barcelona, Valladolid and Palencia.
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.