Last names provide a solid connection to our family’s past. There are a number of last names that have made their way all over the globe through either immigration or colonization. Portuguese last names are one such example: like Spanish last names, you can find them not just in their homeland, but in North and South America and parts of Asia. They’re even common amongst Indians and Sephardi Jews, so they’ve certainly gotten around.
We’ve compiled a list of Portuguese last names and their meanings. Read on to see if your last name is below!
Meaning: Son of Gonçalo.
Meaning: White oak.
Meaning: Small creek or by the river.
Meaning: Olive tree.
Meaning: From Braga, or of the Bracari tribe.
Meaning: Son of Martin.
Meaning: Forest or woodland.
Meaning: Son of Henry.
Meaning: Dark in complexion.
Meaning: Deer or doe.
Meaning: Son of Marcus.
Meaning: Dry well.
Meaning: Son of Munio.
Meaning: Hat maker.
Meaning: Stones, or a person who lived near the River Sousa.
Meaning: Noble one.
Meaning: Son of Alvaro.
Meaning: Son of Mendo.
Meaning: Pear tree.
Meaning: Stronger or stone.
Meaning: Son of Stephen.
Meaning: From Amaral or a person who lived on a grape plantation.
Meaning: From Noreña.
Meaning: Plantation of Amaral grapes.
Meaning: Innocent or white.
Meaning: From a location in Portugal.
Meaning: A person from the several locales named Sousa.
Meaning: A Sephardi Jewish surname.
Meaning: A southwestern Galician surname.
Meaning: Derived from the autonomous region in Galicia.
Meaning: Of Mars or warlike.
Meaning: Son of Rodrigo.
Origin: Portuguese/Old German
Meaning: Portuguese version of Alfonso, meaning noble and ready.
Meaning: Anyone living in the town of Almada, from the Arabic meaning ore mine.
Meaning: Anyone living in or from the locale of Abreu in Minho province of Portugal. A common Portuguese last name for Sephardi Jews.
Meaning: From the Portuguese word meaning tall.