45+ Popular Portuguese Last Names With Meanings – Scary Mommy

45+ Portuguese Last Names As Beautiful As The Algarve

March 9, 2020 Updated August 11, 2020

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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!

  1. Gonçalves
    Meaning: Son of Gonçalo.
  2. Albuquerque
    Meaning: White oak.
  3. Ribeiro
    Meaning: Small creek or by the river.
  4. Oliveira
    Meaning: Olive tree.
  5. Guerra
    Meaning: War.
  6. Braga
    Meaning: From Braga, or of the Bracari tribe.
  7. Martines
    Meaning: Son of Martin.
  8. Ferreira
    Meaning: Blacksmith.
  9. Silva
    Meaning: Forest or woodland.
  10. Henriques
    Meaning: Son of Henry.
  11. Pinto
    Meaning: Dark in complexion.
  12. Gama
    Meaning: Deer or doe.

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  13. Marques
    Meaning: Son of Marcus.
  14. Cavaco
    Meaning: Log.
  15. Fonseca
    Meaning: Dry well.
  16. Moniz
    Meaning: Son of Munio.
  17. Luz
    Meaning: Light.
  18. Barreto
    Meaning: Hat maker.
  19. Sousa
    Meaning: Stones, or a person who lived near the River Sousa.
  20. Pacheco
    Meaning: Noble one.
  21. Alves
    Meaning: Son of Alvaro.
  22. Carvalho
    Meaning: Oak.
  23. Mendes
    Meaning: Son of Mendo.
  24. Carreira
    Meaning: Carter.
  25. Pereira
    Meaning: Pear tree.
  26. Queiros
    Meaning: Stronger or stone.
  27. Esteves
    Meaning: Son of Stephen.
  28. Amaral
    Meaning: From Amaral or a person who lived on a grape plantation.
  29. Noronha
    Meaning: From Noreña.
  30. Amaral
    Meaning: Plantation of Amaral grapes.
  31. Candido
    Meaning: Innocent or white.
  32. Amorim
    Meaning: From a location in Portugal.
  33. D’Sousa
    Meaning: A person from the several locales named Sousa.
  34. Cardoso/Cardozo
    Meaning: A Sephardi Jewish surname.
  35. Barbosa
    Meaning: A southwestern Galician surname.
  36. Araujo
    Meaning: Derived from the autonomous region in Galicia.
  37. Martins
    Meaning: Of Mars or warlike.
  38. Rodrigues
    Origin: Portuguese/Spanish
    Meaning: Son of Rodrigo.
  39. Afonso
    Origin: Portuguese/Old German
    Meaning: Portuguese version of Alfonso, meaning noble and ready.
  40. Almada
    Origin: Portuguese
    Meaning: Anyone living in the town of Almada, from the Arabic meaning ore mine.
  41. Abreu
    Origin: Portuguese
    Meaning: Anyone living in or from the locale of Abreu in Minho province of Portugal. A common Portuguese last name for Sephardi Jews.
  42. Alto
    Meaning: From the Portuguese word meaning tall.
  43. Madeira
    Meaning: Wood or timber, refers to someone who is a carpenter.
  44. Magro
    Meaning: Thin, lean.
  45. Mata
    Meaning: Woods or forest.
  46. Nazario
    Meaning: Someone from Nazareth.
  47. Lopes
    Meaning: Wolf.

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