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This is a list of the more popular Portuguese family names we see in the West Indies. We have included their translations where known. If there is a surname, or a variation on a surname, that you think should be listed, please send us an email.

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Surname

Translation

Known Anglicizations

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Abreu (d' / de)

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ABREU

Alfonso

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ALFONSO

Alves

white?

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ALVES

Andrade (d' / de)

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ANDRADE
ANDRADE

Baptista

Baptist

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BAPTISTA

Betancourt

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BETANCOURT

Biscoito

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Brazão

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Cabral (de)

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CABRAL

Caires (de)

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Cares (de)
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Caldeira

kettle

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CALDEIRA

Camacho

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CAMACHO

Cambra (de)

(of the) orphanage

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CAMBRA

Campos

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Carvalho

oak tree

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CARVALHO
CARVALHO

Castanheiro

chestnut tree

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Castro (de)

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CASTRO
CASTRO, DECASTRO

Chaves

keys

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Coelho

rabbit

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COELHO

Correia

strap

Corey

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CORREIA

Costa (da)

(of the) coast

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MENDES-DA-COSTA
COSTA

Cruz (da)

(of the) cross

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CRUZ

Cunha (da)

wedge

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CUNHA
CUNHA

Dias

days

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DIAS
DIAS

Faria

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FARIA

Farinha

flour

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FARINHA

Femandes

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FERNANDES
FERNANDES

Ferraz

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Ferreira

smithy (foundry)

Smith

FERREIRA
FERREIRA

Figueira

fig tree

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Francisco

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FRANCISCO
FRANCISCO

Franco

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FRANCO
FRANCO

Freitas (de)

(of the) priests

Frates, Fratis, Fratus, Freitas, Freites, Freytas, Freytus

DEFREITAS
FREITAS

Gama (de)

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Garanito

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Granito
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Gomes

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GOMES

Gonsalves

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Gouveia/Govia (de)

name of a town

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GOUVEIA

Gregório

Gregory

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GREGORIO

Henriques

Henry

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Jardim/Jardine

garden

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JARDINE
JARDINE

Jeronimo

Jerome

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Jesus (de)

Jesus

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JESUS

Jorge

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Leal

loyal

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LEAL

Lourenço

Lawrence

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Luz (da)

light

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Macedo

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Machado

axe

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MACHADO

Madeira

wood, Madeira

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MADEIRA

Magalhães

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Marques

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MARQUES

Martins

Martin

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MARTINS
MARTINS

Mattos/Matas (de)

bushes

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MATTOS

Mendes

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MENDES, MENDES-DA-COSTA
MENDES

Mendonça

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MENDONCA

Menezes

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Meosa

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Miranda

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MIRANDA
MIRANDA

Nascimento

birth (of Jesus)

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Netto

grandson

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Neves

snow?

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NEVES
NEVES

Nóbrega/Nobriga (de)

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Noreiga

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Nunes

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NUNES

Oliveira (d' / de)

olive tree

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OLIVEIRA
OLIVEIRA

Omellas (d' / de)

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ORNELLAS

Pacheco

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PACHECO

Paiva (de)

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PAIVA

Peiza (de)

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Pereira

pear tree

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PEREIRA
PEREIRA

Pemeta

one-legged person

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Pestana

eyelash

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Pimento

pepper

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Pinheiro

pine tree

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Pinto

chick

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PINTO

Pires

saucer

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Querino

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Quintal

yard

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QUINTAL

Ramos (dos)

branches

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RAMOS
RAMOS

Reis

kings

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REIS
REIS

Rezende

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Ribeiro

river

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Rodrigues

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RODRIGUES
RODRIGUES

Rufino

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Sabino

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Sá Gomes

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Saldenha

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Santos (dos)

saints

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SANTOS

Sardinha

sardine

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Serpa

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SERPA
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Serrão

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Silva (de / da)

(of the) forest

Silver

SILVA
DESILVA, SILVA

Soares

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Sousa / Souza (de)

(from a) salty place

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SOUZA
DESOUSA, SOUSA, SOUZA

Teixeira

boxwoods

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Vasconcellos

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Vieira

scallop

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VIEIRA

Xavier

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