250 Popular Spanish Last Names Or Surnames With Meanings

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Spain is famous for its beautiful beaches, Flamenco music, dance, and food. España or Spain is one of those countries in the world which is sure to take your breath away and leave you wanting to know more.

Someone wise once said if you desire to learn something about a country, start with their names. As fascinating as the country are its surnames. In this post, MomJunction shares a compilation of 250 Spanish surnames with their meanings and history.

List Of Common Spanish Surnames Or Family Names

1. Abarca

Abarca is an occupational last name. It is derived from the name of a type of leather used to make shoes or sandals. This leather was available only on the Balearic Island, Spain. The maker of these shoes was referred to as Abarca.

2. Abaroa

It is derived from the Basque word ‘abaro’ which means ‘refuge.’

3. Abascal

Originated from the Basque language, this Spanish surname refers to ‘priest’s street.’

4. Abasolo

This name originated from the Basque word ‘abas’ meaning ‘priest’s meadow.’

5. Abel

Abel is a Spanish surname derived from the Hebrew name ‘Hevel’ referring to ‘breath.’

6. Abello

Abello is derived from the Latin name ‘Abellio’ who is also referred to as a Pyrenean god.

7. Abraham

This last name comes from the Bible and means ‘father of many’ in Hebrew.

8. Abreu

Abreu is a common Spanish surname especially with those of Portuguese and Sephardic Jewish descent. It is derived as a toponymic name referring to the name of a place. It also refers to be a variant of Abraham in Hebrew.

9. Acosta

It is derived from ‘Costa’ referring to ‘riverbank’ in Portuguese. This Spanish last name has roots of origin in Portugal, Italy, and Catalonia.

10. Adriano

This last name is derived from ‘Hadria’ that was the name of Roman settlements. Adriano is thus a toponymic surname.

11. Agramunt

This topographical last name denotes a person who belonged to the town of Agramunt in Spain.

12. Agua

Agua in Spanish means ‘water.’ It refers to someone who lives or works near water.

13. Aguado

This name is a variant of Agua. The name also refers to people who live or work near water.

14. Aiza

It is derived from the Basque word ‘aitz’ that means ‘rock’ or ‘stone.’

15. Alamilla

This Spanish last name is derived from the word ‘alamillo’ that means ‘a poplar tree’ or ‘aspen..

16. Alberto

Alberto is derived from the word ‘Albert’ referring to ‘noble’ or ‘bright.’

17. Aldana

This is a toponymic last name derived from the name of a Basque town called ‘Aldats’ referring to ‘a slope.’

18. Alfaro

It has two possible references, one being the name of a city called Alfaro in La Rioja, Spain. Alfaro also means ‘a watchtower’ in Arabic.

19. Alcaraz

Alcaraz is a habitation surname referring to the name of a place in Spain. The name of the place likely comes from Arabic in which it means ‘the cherry.’

20. Alegria

Alegria has Spanish and Portuguese origins and refers to ‘joy’ or ‘happiness.’

21. Alejo

Alejo is derived from the ancient Greek name ‘Alexis’ referring to ‘helper,’ ‘defender’ or ‘protector.’

22. Alonso

Alonso is the Spanish version of ‘Alfonso,’ which means ‘noble.’ It was also the name of many emperors who ruled parts of Spain and Portugal.

23. Allende

It means ‘on the other side’ in Spanish. ‘Allende’ is a toponymic surname originally used for referring to someone who lived on the other side of a landmark.

24. Alvarado

This toponymic name is derived from the name of a place in Spain. Another suggestion is the name comes from the word ‘alba’ meaning ‘sunrise’ or ‘white.’

25. Alvarez

This patronymic name means ‘son of Alvaro.’ The word Alvaro is derived from ‘Alpher’ which refers to ‘army’ or ‘warrior.’

26. Amador

Amador is a variant of the Latin word ‘Amator’ referring to ‘lover of God.’

27. Amaya

Amaya is a toponymic surname referring to a village located in the Burgos province of Spain. The name ‘Amaya’ likely comes from the Basque word ‘Amaia’ that means ‘the end.’

28. Amor

It comes from the Latin word ‘Amor’ meaning ‘Love.’ It was also the name of Cupid, the Roman God.

29. Andrada

It is derived from the Greek word ‘Andreas,’ and this Spanish surname means ‘a man’ or ‘masculine.’

30. Andres

It is related to the surname ‘Andrada.’ ‘Andres’ comes from the Greek word ‘Andreas’ meaning ‘a man,’ ‘manly’ or ‘masculine.’

31. Andreu

Andreu is the Catalan version of ‘Andrew,’ which again comes from Andreas.

32. Angeles

Angeles is a surname derived from the title of the ‘Virgin Mary Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles.’ The surname refers to ‘angels.’

33. Anguiano

This is a toponymic last name and refers to people who belonged to the town of Anguiano in Spain.

34. Antunez

Antunez refers to the ‘son of Antonio.’ The name Antonio is derived from a notable Roman family name ‘Antonius.’

35. Aquino

This Spanish surname is derived from the name of an Italian town near Rome, making it a toponymic last name. The word ‘Aquino’ is derived from the Latin word ‘aqua’ meaning ‘water.’

36. Araujo

The toponymic Spanish surname refers to several places of this name in Portugal.

37. Araya

It is a topographic Spanish surname and denotes a person who belongs to several places named Araya or Araia in Spain.

38. Arce

Arce refers to a ‘maple tree’ in Spanish.

39. Arechavaleta

This is a variant of ‘Aretxabaleta’ which is also the name of a town in Spain. Another reference suggests the meaning to be ‘oak trees’ in Basque.

40. Arenas

It is derived from the Spanish word ‘arena’ referring to ‘sand.’

41. Aritza

It is derived from the Basque word ‘Aritz’ meaning an ‘oak tree.’

42. Armando

This name is derived from the German word ‘Herman’ and refers to an ‘army man.’

43. Armendarez

It is a variant of the name ‘Armendariz,’ which comes from the Latin word ‘armentarius’ meaning a ‘herdsman.’

44. Armenta

It is derived from the Latin word ‘armenta’ that refers to ‘herd.’

45. Arreola

This Spanish last name is a variant of ‘Arriola’ that originated in Basque. It is the combination of two Basque words ‘arri’ meaning ‘stone’ and ‘ola’ meaning a ‘house.’

46. Arroyo

It means a ‘stream,’ ‘channel,’ or ‘creek’ in Spanish. ‘Arroyo’ is likely a toponymic surname referring to someone living along or near a water stream.

47. Asis

It referred to someone from Assisi in Italy. ‘Asis’ is the Spanish name for Assisi.

48. Asturias

A topographic name, Asturias is the name of a place in Spain. Another reference suggests it could have been derived from the Basque words ‘asta’ and ‘ur’ referring to ‘rock’ and ‘water’ respectively.

49. Atienza

Atienza is an eponymous last name originated as a noble family name from the Manchego municipality (also called La Mancha) in Spain.

50. Avalos

This last name is derived from the name of a place called ‘Abalos’ located in the Soria province of the Basque country.

51. Avila

This surname is derived from the name of a province called Avila within the community of Castile and Leon in Spain.

52. Azarolla

This Spanish surname is derived from the Basque word ‘azeri’ referring to a ‘fox.’

53. Badilla

It is a variant of Badillo. This Spanish surname is a toponymic name derived from either Vadillo de la Sierra in Avila, Spain or Valillo de la Guarena in Zamora, Spain.

54. Balcazar

A variant of the name ‘Belshazzar,’ this surname refers to ‘Belprotect the king’ in Hebrew. ‘Bel’ was the name of a king in the Babylonian Empire.

55. Balderas

This name is derived from the Spanish phrase ‘Valle de eras’ referring to ‘Valley of eras.’ It also denotes a toponymic name derived from ‘Valderas’ in the Leon province of Spain.

56. Banderas

It means a ‘flag’ or a ‘banner’ in Spanish. It is probably an occupational surname given to those who worked as a flag-bearer.

57. Barbero

It is an occupational surname meaning a ‘barber.’

58. Bardales

Bardales is a toponymic Spanish surname referring to ‘a place covered with thorns.’

59. Baro

‘Baro’ is an Old Germanic word meaning a ‘warrior,’ ‘man’ or a ‘servant.’

60. Barros

This name is derived from the Spanish and Portuguese word referring to ‘clay’ or ‘mud.’ Barros has two references; it can be an occupational last name for ‘people who work with clay or mud.’ It is also a suggested topographic surname for ‘people who live near clay or mud.’

61. Basurto

Basurto means ‘middle of the forest.’ It is also a toponymic surname which refers to the name of a place in the Basque country.

62. Bautista

Bautista is derived from ‘Baptiste,’ which in turn is derived from the Greek word ‘Bapto’ meaning ‘to dip.’

63. Bello

It is the Spanish word for ‘beautiful,’ ‘attractive,’ or ‘lovely.’

64. Belmonte

Belmonte is the name of several places in Italy and Spain. The word means ‘a beautiful mountain.’

65. Bengochea

It is a variation of the word ‘Bengoetxea,’ which in the Basque language means ‘the house furthest down.’

66. Benito

It is derived from the word ‘Benedict,’ which comes from the Latin word ‘Benedictus’ meaning ‘blessed.’

67. Benitez

It is related to the surname ‘Benito.’ The patronymic last name of ‘Benitez’ refers to the ‘son of Benito.’

68. Bermudez

A patronymic surname which means ‘son of Bermudo.’ The name ‘Bermudo’ is derived from Latinized German word ‘Waramunt’ meaning ‘vigilant’ or ‘protection.’

69. Bernat

Bernat is a variant of ‘Bernard,’ which comes from the German word ‘Bern.’ Bern means ‘strong or brave as a bear.’

70. Bernardo

Bernardo is related to Bernat, and it means ‘Bernard’ too.

71. Berra

Berra is a derivative of the Spanish word ‘Berrar’ that means ‘to scream,’ ‘ shout,’ or ‘bellow.’

72. Borja

This is a toponymic last name referring to the name of a town in Spain.

73. Bosch

It originates from the Italian word ‘Bosco,’ which means ‘woods’ or ‘forest.’

74. Botello

Botello is an occupational Spanish last name referring to a ‘maker of bottles.’

75. Botero

It is an occupational Spanish last name that either means a ‘bottler’ or ‘boat maker.’

76. Bover

Bover originated in Italy, migrated, and evolved as a Spanish surname. It refers to ‘bull’ or ‘ox.’

77. Cabello

This Spanish surname refers to ‘hair’ or a person with a ‘lot of hair.’

78. Cabrera

This name is derived from the Latin word ‘Capraria’ referring to a ‘place of goats.’

79. Caldera

This Spanish last name means ‘basin’ or ‘a crater,’ and is also used to refer to a ‘boiler’ or a ‘cauldron.’

80. Calderon

Calderon is related to the word ‘Caldera.’ The Spanish surname ‘Calderon’ is an occupational one and likely used to refer to a tinker – someone who makes and repairs metal vessels (pots, kettles, pans, cauldrons).

81. Camarillo

It is likely derived from the Spanish word ‘Camera’ referring to a ‘chamber’ or ‘room.’

82. Campana

It is the Spanish word for ‘bell.’ This Spanish occupational last name refers to the ‘maker of bells.’

83. Campo

It is a spelling variant of ‘Campos’ and means ‘field’ in Spanish.

84. Candella

This Spanish surname is derived from the word ‘Candela’ referring to ‘a candle.’

85. Cantu

Cantu is a toponymic last name referring to the town of Cantu in Italy.

86. Caraballo

It is borrowed from the Galician word for ‘oak tree.’ It is likely a toponymic Spanish surname for someone who lived by an oak tree or an oak forest.

87. Cardona

This toponymic last name refers to the name of a town in Catalonia region of Spain.

88. Cardoso

This is a variant of ‘cardozo’ derived from the Latin word ‘carduus’ meaning ‘thorny.’

89. Caro

Caro means ‘beloved’ or ‘dear’ in Spanish.

90. Carrera

Carrera is a toponymic surname and refers to ‘thoroughfare’ or ‘someone living by a main road.’

91. Casas

It is the plural version of the Spanish word ‘Casa,’ which means ‘house.’

92. Castellano

Castellano is a variant of ‘castilla’ or ‘castro’ referring to ‘a castle’ in Spanish.

93. Castillo

A variant of ‘Castilla’ or ‘Castellano,’ this surname refers to a ‘castle.’

94. Chavez

It is a toponymic Spanish surname derived from the word ‘Chaves,’ which is the name of a Portuguese city.

95. Che

Having originated in Argentina, this word is an expression of ‘hey’ and evolved as a Spanish surname.

96. Ciervo

It is the Spanish word for a ‘deer’ or a ‘stag.’

97. Clemente

This surname is derived from the Latin name ‘Clemens’ or ‘Clementius’ referring to ‘merciful’ or ‘gentle.’

98. Coello

It is adapted from the Portuguese word ‘Coelho,’ which means ‘rabbit.’ This Spanish surname must be an occupational one as it originally referred to the ‘seller of rabbits.’

99. Colon

This is the Spanish variation of ‘Colombo’ derived from ‘Colomba,’ which is the Italian word for ‘dove.’ It likely referred to ‘dove keepers.’

100. Contrera

It is a toponymic surname from ‘Conteraras’ located in the Burgos province of Spain. Another reference could also be the Spanish word ‘Contrario,’ which means contrary.

101. Costa

Costa is the Spanish word for ‘coast’ and can also refer to a ‘riverbank’ or a ‘slope.’

102. Costales

It is a plural of the Spanish word ‘Costal,’ which means a ‘sack’ or ‘bag.’

103. Crespo

It is the Spanish word for ‘curly’ and refers to someone with curly hair.

104. Cruz

Cruz means ‘cross’ and denotes ‘a person who lives near the crossroads.’

105. Cuellar

It is a toponymic last name referring to the name of a town in Segovia province of Spain.

106. Cueva

This toponymic last name refers to ‘a cave’ or originally referring to ‘someone who lives in a cave.’

107. Dali

This surname is derived from the German word ‘adal,’ which means ‘noble.’

108. De Avila

This is derived from the name of a province called Avila, in the present-day community of Castile and Leon in Spain.

109. De Jesus

This patronymic Spanish surname is derived from the name of Jesus.

110. De la cruz

This Spanish last name means ‘of the cross’ or ‘of the crossroads’ – likely referring to someone who lived at crossroads.

111. De la Pena

The word ‘Pena’ (written as ‘Peña’ in Spanish) means a ‘rock,’ ‘boulder’ or a ‘cliff.’ This toponymic Spanish surname means ‘of the rock’ or ‘of the cliff.’.

112. De la Rosa

This Spanish surname means ‘of the rose.’ It may have been a reference to someone who grew roses or lived near a field of roses.

113. De Toro

It has two references, one belonging to the name of a place called ‘Toro’ in Spain and another refers to ‘taurus’ or a ‘bull’ in Spanish.

114. Del Campo

In Spanish, it means ‘from a field’ or someone who worked or lived near a field.

115. Delgado

Delgado is a Spanish last name, which means ‘thin’ or ‘slim.’ The word ‘Delgado’ originates from the Latin word ‘delicatus’ meaning ‘thin’ or ‘delicate.’

116. Diaz

Diaz in Spanish refers to a ‘son of Diego.’  The name ‘Diego’ originates from Latin and means ‘teaching.’ Another reference also states that it comes from the word ‘dias,’ which means ‘days’ in Spanish.

117. Diego

It derived from the Latin word ‘Didacus’ or ‘Didache,’ and means ‘teaching.’

118. Domingo

Domingo is the Spanish variant of the Latin name ‘Dominicus,’ which means ‘of the lord.’

119. Duarte

Duarte is the Spanish form of ‘Edward’ meaning ‘rich guard.’

120. Duran

Duran is a Jewish or Catalan word referring to ‘steadfast.’ In other derivatives, this name also suggests that it meant ‘enduring’ or ‘to be strong.’

121. Echeverría

This is a toponymic last name derived from the name of a place called Etxeberria situated in the Basque country of Spain.

122. Elizondo

It is derived from the Basque word ‘Eleiza’ referring to ‘people who lived near or under a church.’

123. Enrique

It is derived from the German name ‘Heimrich’ referring to ‘home-ruler.’

124. Escamilla

It is a toponymic surname derived from the name of a town in Spain.

125. Escandon

It is likely to have been derived from the name of a field which denoted ‘the cultivation of a special variety of wheat.’

126. Escarra

It is derived from ‘Esquerra,’ which is the Catalan word for ‘left-handed.’ This name was probably used to refer left-handed people.

127. Escobar

The toponymic surname comes from the name of several places called ‘Escobedo’ in Spain.

128. Esparza

It is a toponymic surname referring to the name of a town in Spain.

129. Esperanza

Esperanza is the Spanish variant of ‘Sperantia’ which means ’to hope’ in Late Latin.

130. Espina

It means ‘thorn’ in Spanish and is referred to people who lived near a thorny bush. Other variants of the name are ‘Espino,’ ‘Espinosa’ or ‘Espinoza.’

131. Esteban

It is the Spanish form of the name ‘Stephen,’ which comes from the Greek word ‘Stephanos’ referring to a ‘crown.’

132. Estrada

Estrada is another toponymic surname that refers to ‘street’ or ‘road’ in Spanish.

133. Esposito

This name originated in Italy and is a variant of the Italian word ‘exponere’ or ‘exposito’ referring to ‘exposed.’

134. Felix

It is derived from a Roman name. ‘Felix’ refers to ‘lucky’ or ‘successful’ in Latin.

135. Fernandez

Fernandez is a Spanish patronymic last name referring to ‘son of Fernando’ or ‘son of Ferdinand.’ Ferdinand has several origins and means ‘a brave journey.’

136. Ferreira

It is a surname of Italian, Spanish and Catalan origin. Ferreira is a toponymic surname referring to ‘someone who lived or worked near a forge of ironworks.’

137. Florentino

It is derived from the word ‘Florence’ or ‘Florentia.’ This surname means ‘prosperous’ or ‘flourishing.’

138. Flores

It means ‘son of Floro.’ The name ‘Floro’ comes from the Latin word ‘Flos’ meaning ‘flower.’

139. Fonseca

This is a toponymic surname derived from Latin and refers to people who lived near a ‘dry spring.’

140. Frontera

Frontera is a geographical last name referring to ‘boundary’ or ‘frontier.’

141. Fuentes

It is the plural version of the Spanish word ‘Fuente,’ which means a ‘spring,’ ‘fountain,’ or a ‘well.’

142. Gabaldon

It is a toponymic last name and refers to a place called ‘Gabaldon’ in the Cuenca province of Spain.

143. Gallego

Gallego is a toponymic last name referring to a person who came from the Galicia province in the northwest region of Spain.

144. Gallo

It is the Spanish word for a ‘rooster.’ It was likely associated with people who took a lot of pride in themselves.

145. Garcia

It is derived from the Basque word ‘hartz’ referring to a ‘bear.’

146. Gasper

This name is a variant of ‘Jasper’ and refers to a ‘treasurer’ in Hebrew.

147. Gomez

Gomez is derived from the medieval Portuguese word ‘goma’ referring to a ‘man.’

148. Gonzales

Gonzales is a variant of ‘Gonzalez’ and refers to a ‘son of Gonzalo.’ The name ‘Gonzalo’ comes from the medieval era and means ‘battle’ or ‘war.’

149. Gordon

It originated as a Scottish surname that later migrated to Spain. This surname refers to a ‘spacious fort.’

150. Guerra

Guerra means ‘war’ in Spanish. It is a nickname likely given to a quarrelsome person or someone who is engaged in warfare.

151. Guiterrez

It is a variant of the name ‘Gutierrez,’ which is a patronymic Spanish surname meaning‘son of Gutierre.’ The name ‘Gutierre’ has Germanic origins and likely means ‘he who rules’ or ‘ruler of the army.’

152. Hernandez

This Spanish surname refers to ‘son of Hernando’ or ‘son of Fernando.’ Fernando or Ferdinand means ‘brave journey’ in Old Spanish.

153. Hidalgo

Hidalgo is a Spanish surname and refers to a ‘nobleman’ or ‘gentleman.’

154. Huerta

It is the Spanish word for an ‘orchard’ or a ‘garden.’

155. Iglesias

This name refers to a ‘church’ in Spanish. The singer Enrique Iglesias is a famous bearer of this surname.

156. Jaramillo

Jaramillo is a Spanish toponymic last name referring to the name of a place located in the Burgos province of Spain.

157. Javier

It is derived from the Basque word ‘Etxeberria’ referring to ‘the new house.’

158. Jiminez

Jiminez is a patronymic Spanish surname referring to ‘son of Jimeno.’ The name ‘Jimeno’ is believed to have derived from the name ‘Simon,’ which means ‘he has heard’ in Hebrew.

159. Juaquin

It is a variant of ‘Joachim.’ This surname in Hebrew refers to ‘lifted by God’ or ‘lifted by Yahweh.’

160. Juarez

It is an occupational last name derived from the Latin word ‘Suerius’ referring to an ‘army.’

161. La Torre

La Torre is a Spanish surname that means ‘a tower.’

162. Lago

Lago is a toponymic surname referring to a ‘lake’ or ‘someone who lived by a lake.’

163. Lanzo

Lanzo is derived from an Old Germanic word ‘landa’ referring to ‘land.’

164. Leo

Leo originated from a Latin word that refers to a ‘lion.’

165. Lopez

This patronymic surname refers to ‘son of Lope.’ The name ‘Lope’ comes from the Latin word ‘Lupus’ meaning a ‘wolf.’

166. Lorenzo

It is derived from the word ‘Laurence’ or ‘Laurentum’ referring to the name of a city in ancient Italy. Thus, Lorenzo is a toponymic surname.

167. Lovato

It originated in Italy, and is derived from ‘Lupatus,’ a Late Latin word that means ‘like a wolf.’

168. Lucia

This name is derived from the Latin word ‘lux’ meaning ‘light.’

169. Maduro

Maduro is a Spanish surname that means ‘ripe’ or ‘mature.’

170. Manuel

It is derived from ‘Emmanuel,’ which means ‘God is with us’ in Hebrew.

171. Marco

Marco is derived from the Latin word ‘Marcus’ referring to the ‘Roman God Mars.’

172. Mareno

Mareno is a variant of ‘Moreno,’ which means ‘dark’ or ‘brown’ in Spanish. This surname may have originally referred to people with dark or brown hair.

173. Martinez

Martinez means ‘son of Martin.’ The name ‘Martin’ comes from the Roman name ‘Martinus,’ which refers to the Roman God Mars.

174. Mathias

It is derived from the word ‘Matthew’ meaning ‘gift of Yahweh’ in Hebrew.

175. Mejia

It is a Spanish variant of ‘Messiah,’ which originates from Hebrew and means ‘savior’ or the ‘anointed one.’

176. Mendoza

It has originated in the Basque region and refers to a ‘cold mountain.’

177. Montes

This surname means ‘mountains’ in Spanish.

178. Morales

It is related to the Spanish word ‘Morera,’ which means a ‘mulberry tree.

179. Najarro

This Spanish surname is a toponymic last name referring to a place called ‘Najarro’ in the Caceres province of Spain.

180. Neri

It is derived from the Italian word ‘Nero,’ which means ‘black’ or ‘dark.’

181. Nunez

Nunez refers to a ‘son of Nuno.’. It is derived either from the Latin word ‘nonus’ meaning ‘ninth’ or ‘nunnus’ meaning ‘grandfather.’

182. Ortega

Ortega is a Spanish surname referring to the plant called ‘nettle’ or ‘urtica.’

183. Ortiz

It means ‘son of Orti.’ The name ‘Orti’ may have been derived from the Latin word ‘Fortis,’ which means ‘ ‘brave,’ ‘strong’ or ‘powerful.’

184. Pablo

This Spanish surname is derived from the Latin word ‘Paulus’ referring to ‘small’ or ‘little.’

185. Padilla

Padilla in Spanish refers to a small ‘frying pan’ or a ‘bread pan.’

186. Padron

Padron is a toponymic last name referring to a town in the Galicia province of Spain. Another variant suggests it could come from the Galician language and mean ‘patron’ or ‘master.’

187. Palmero

Palmero is a toponymic surname referring to someone from the city of ‘Palma’ in Spain. The word ‘Palma’ also refers to ‘palm’ in Spanish.

188. Parilla

Parilla is a toponymic Spanish surname derived from the word ‘parra’ referring to a ‘vine’ or a ‘grapevine.’ The surname was likely used by those who lived near vineyards.

189. Pena

It is the English spelling of the Spanish surname ‘Peña.’ The word means a ‘rock,’ ‘boulder,’ or a ‘cliff.’

190. Peralez

It is a variant of the name ‘Perales.’ The word is derived from the Spanish word ‘Peral’ referring to a ‘pear tree.’

191. Perez

Perez refers to a ‘son of Pedro.’ The name ‘Pedro’ is the Spanish form of the name ‘Peter,’ which comes from the Greek word ‘petros,’ referring to a ‘stone.’

192. Pinto

Pinto refers to ‘colorful’ or ‘painted.’ It is also a toponymic surname derived from the name of a place called ‘Pinto’ in Madrid.

193. Prado

The toponymic last name refers to someone from any of the several places called ‘Prado’ in Spain and Portugal. Prado is the Spanish word for a ‘meadow.’

194. Puerta

Puerta is the Spanish word for a  ‘door’ or ‘gate.’ It is a toponymic last name referring to people who lived near the ‘gates of a town.’

195. Real

Real is derived from  a Southern French word meaning ‘Royal.’

196. Reyes

Reyes originated from the word ‘Rey’ referring to a ‘king’ in Spanish.

197. Rivas

Rivas is a toponymic surname for someone who came from any of the several places called ‘Rivas’ or ‘Ribas’ in Spain.

198. Rivera

It is derived from the Spanish word ‘Ribera’ meaning ‘river bank’ or ‘shore.’

199. Rodriguez

It refers to ‘son of Rodrigo.’ The name ‘Rodrigo’ comes from the name ‘Roderick,’ which has Germanic origins and means ‘famous power.’

200. Rojas

The name is derived from the word ‘Rojo’ meaning ‘red’ in Spanish. It likely referred to people with red hair or complexion.

201. Romero

Romero refers to ‘pilgrim to Rome.’ The word ‘Romero’ also refers to the rosemary plant in Spanish.

202. Rozario

It is a variant of the name ‘Rosario,’ which means ‘rosary beads’ or ‘prayer beads.’

203. Rubio

Rubio is the Spanish word for ‘blond’ and originally may have referred to people with blond hair or lightly-colored hair.

204. Sala

Sala is an occupational surname referring to a ‘worker at a manor house.’

205. Salamanca

This toponymic surname refers to people belonging to Salamanca, a city situated in the northwestern part of Spain.

206. Salas

Salas is a plural of ‘Sala’ referring to a ‘person who works at a manor house.’

207. Salazar

It combines the Spanish word ‘sala’ meaning ‘hall’ and the Basque word ‘zahar’ meaning ‘old.’ The name ‘Salazar’ thus means ‘old hall.’ The name may also be toponymic and refer to people originally from the town of Salazar in the Burgos province of Spain.

208. Salvador

It comes from the Late Latin word ‘Salvator,’ which means ‘savior.’

209. Salvo

It is derived from the old Roman word ‘Salvius,’ which comes from the Latin word ‘Salvus’ that means ‘safe.’

210. San Miguel

San Miguel is a toponymic name that refers to people who lived near the church of ‘St. Michael.’ The name Michael comes from Hebrew and means ‘who is like God.’

211. Sanchez

It means ‘son of Sancho.’ The name ‘Sancho’ comes from the Late Latin word ‘Sanctius,’ which means ‘saintly’ or ‘holy.’

212. Santana

It is a combined form of the name ‘Saint Anna.’ The word ‘Anna’ is derived from the Hebrew word ‘Hannah,’ which means ‘favor’ or ‘grace.’ Santana may also be a toponymic name referring to people who lived near the church of ‘St.Anna.’

213. Santos

It means ‘saints’ in Spanish. This surname likely referred to ‘saint’ or a ‘pious person.’

214. Santiago

The name is derived from the name of ‘Saint James.’ The surname ‘Santiago’ is a toponymic surname referring to people who lived around the church of ‘St.James.’

215. Sarto

Sarto is an occupational last name and comes from the Italian word for a ‘tailor.’

216. Serrano

It means a ‘series of mountains’ or a ‘mountain range’ in Spanish. The topographical name refers to people who lived near a ‘mountain ridge’ or ‘chain of hills.’

217. Sevilla

The toponymic surname refers to people who originally belonged to the city of ‘Seville’ in Spain.

218. Silvera

It is a variant of the name Silveira, which comes from the Portuguese word ‘Silva’ referring to ‘woods’ or a ‘woodland.’

219. Solano

Solano is a toponymic surname referring to those who belonged to any of the many places called ‘Solano’ in Spain. The word ‘Solano’ comes from the Spanish word ‘Sol’ meaning the ‘sun.’

220. Sosa

Sosa is a variant of ‘sousa’ and is derived from the Latin word ‘salsus’ that refers to ‘salty.’ It is also a toponymic name referring to people who lived near River Sousa.

221. Sotomayor

This is a popular toponymic surname in Spain and likely referred to people who lived in villages surrounded by ‘thickets’ or ‘groves’ or a ‘forest.’

222. Suarez

Suarez refers to ‘son of Suero.’ The name Suero is derived from the Medieval Spanish word ‘Sueris’ meaning an ‘army.’

223. Tapia

Tapia refers to a ‘mud wall’ or ‘wall’ in Spanish.

224. Tadeo

This last name is derived from ‘Thaddeus’ that comes from the Ancient Greek word ‘Thaddaios’ meaning ‘heart.’

225. Teodoro

It is the Spanish variant of the name ‘Theodore,’ which comes from the Greek name ‘Theodoros’ meaning ‘God’s gift.’

226. Tineo

Tineo is a toponymic last name for someone from the place called ‘Tineo’ in the Asturias province of Spain.

227. Toledo

This toponymic name refers to a city called ‘Toledo’ in central Spain.

228. Torrez

Torrez is a variant of ‘Torres,’ which is the plural of the word ‘Torre’ meaning a ‘tower’ in Spanish. This Spanish surname likely refers to a ‘person who lived inside or near a tower.’

229. Trevino

Trevino is a toponymic surname referring to the name of several places in Spain.

230. Trinidad

Trinidad refers to ‘trinity’ or ‘holy trinity’ in Spanish.

231. Trujillo

Trujillo is a toponymic Spanish surname referring to a town of the same name in Spain.

232. Urbano

Urbano is a variant of the Latin name ‘Urbanus’ and refers to ‘city-dweller.’

233. Urias

This is derived from the Hebrew name ‘Uriyah’ referring to ‘Yahweh is my light.’

234. Valdez

It means ‘son of Baldo.’ The name ‘Baldo’ is derived from Old German word ‘bald’ meaning ‘bold’ or ‘brave.’

235. Valenciano

This surname is derived from the name of the Spanish city ‘Valencia’ thus making it a toponymic last name.

236. Vallez

It is a variant of the word ‘Valles,’ which means ‘valleys.’ This surname was likely a family name of people who lived around valleys in Spain.

237. Vargas

The name is a plural of the word ‘Varga,’ which in some Spanish dialects means a ‘thatched hut’ or ‘steep slope’ or a ‘pastureland.’

238. Vasco

The name comes from the Medieval Spanish and Old Basque word ‘Velasco,’ which means a ‘crow.’

239. Vega

Vega means a ‘meadow’ in Spanish. The surname is toponymic and refers to a ‘dweller in the meadow.’

240. Vela

It comes from the Spanish word ‘Vela,’ which means ‘sail’ or it may even refer to its other meaning that is ‘being watchful.’

241. Velasquez

It is a variant of the word ‘Velasco,’ which means ‘crow’ in Medieval Spanish and Old Basque.

242. Vera

Vera is the Spanish word for ‘riverbank’ or ‘border.’ The surname is toponymic and refers to people who originally lived by the riverbank or along the border.

243. Verde

Verde refers to ‘green’ in Spanish.

244. Vidales

This name is derived from the Latin name ‘Vitalis,’ which comes from the Latin word ‘Vita’ meaning ‘life.’

245. Villanova

This is a toponymic last name that refers to a ‘new settlement.’ The surname likely has Latin origins.

246.  Villanueva 

This is a spelling variant of ‘Villanova’ referring to a ‘new settlement.’

247. Villas

Villas is derived from ‘Villads’ or ‘Willihad,’ which comes from  Old German and refers to a ‘will for a battle’ or a ‘desire for combat.’

248. Yanez

Yanez is a patronymic surname referring to ‘son of Juan.’ The name ‘Juan’ is the Spanish variant of the name ‘John,’ which has its origins in Hebrew and means ‘Yahweh is gracious.’

249. Zacarias

This is a Spanish variant of Zechariah which means ‘Yahweh’ or ‘God’ in Hebrew.

250. Zapata

It comes from the Spanish word ‘zapato’ meaning a ‘shoe.’ The surname ‘Zapata’ is possibly an occupational last name referring to ‘shoemakers.’

Spanish surnames are a mix of Basque, Spanish, and Catalonian names. However, there are several surnames, which have migrated from other parts of Europe and even Western Asia. Spanish surnames reflect the diverse cultural history of Spain and Iberian peninsula, which is the geographical region where the country of Spain is located.

Each part of the world is unique when it comes to its naming techniques, and Spain is no different. If you have any interesting Spanish surname to share, then do leave a comment in the section below.

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