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What is the origin of my surname?

It is quite possible that you've asked this question sometime. It really is not an easy question to answer, but firstly is very interesting to know which category of surnames belongs. Below is a list of different kinds of surnames by origin and some examples of each class.

Toponymic surnames

Are those names that designate the place of birth or residence of the person, being able to indicate a location, a geographical feature or construction.
Although few remain today, the most of these surnames originally contained the preposition "De" ("From" in spanish) (eg, De Burgos), “del” (example: Del Río) or “de la” (example: De la Fresneda), “de los” (example: De los Perales), or “de las” (example: De las Cuevas).

Some toponymics surnames are:

• Aragonés
• Aranda
• Arellano
• Arroyo
• Ávila
• Avilés
• Aya
• Barahona / Baraona
• Barranco
• Bilbao
• Bisbal
• Braga
• Burgos
• Carranza
• Castañeda
• Castillo
• Catalán
• Cervantes
• Corral
• Costa
• Cuéllar
• Cuenca
• Cuevas
• Dávila / De Ávila
• Encina
• Fresneda
• Gallego
• Granados
• Hoyos
• Lago
• Laguna
• León
• Linares
• Madrid
• Mansilla
• Manzano
• Marín / Marino
• Miranda
• Montes
• Montilla
• Morata
• Naranjo
• Navarra / Navarro
• Nieves
• Ocaña
• Orellana
• Peña
• Perales
• Pino
• Olmos
• Rivas
• Romero
• Roca
• Sarabia
• Salazar
• Saldaña
• Santander
• Santisteban
• Segura
• Serrano
• Sevilla
• Silveira
• Soria, Soriano
• Soto
• Toledo, Toledano
• Torquemada
• Torrente
• Torres
• Valenzuela
• Valverde
• Vargas
• Vergara
• Villa
• Villalba
• Villanueva
• Villena
• Viñas
• Vitoria
• Zamorano.

Patronymic surnames

Are those names that have their origin in the father's first name of the person. The vast majority of Spanish patronymic surnames surnames were formed by adding to the name suffix "ez" (example: Fernando / Fernandez or Rodrigo / Rodriguez), in Catalonia and Valencia the suffix "is" (example: Pere / Peris), in Basque Country the suffix "iz" (example: Lope / Lopiz)

Some patronymic surnames are the next (quoted in brackets, the original name):

• Álvarez (Álvar, Álvaro)
• Antolínez (Antolín)
• Antúnez (Antón, Antonio)
• Benítez (Benito)
• Bernardez (Bernardo)
• Bermúdez (Bermudo)
• Blázquez (Blas)
• Díaz, Díez, Diéguez (Diego)
• Domínguez (Domingo)
• Enríquez (Enrico, Enrique)
• Fernández, Hernández (Fernando, Hernán)
• Galíndez (Galindo)
• Gálvez (Galve)
• Garcés, Garcez (García)
• García (García, Garza)
• Giménez, Jiménez, Ximénez, Ximenes (Ximeno)
• Gómez (Gome, Guillermo)
• González (Gonzalo)
• Güemes < Guémez (Gome)
• Gutiérrez (Gutierre)
• Henríquez (Henrique)
• Hernández (Hernán)
• Ibáñez (Iván)
• Íñiguez (Íñigo, Ignacio)
• Jiménez (Jimeno)
• López (Lope)
• Márquez (Marcos)
• Martínez (Martín)
• Meléndez, Menéndez (Melendo, Menendo)
• Méndez (Mendo)
• Mínguez (Mingo o Domingo)
• Muñoz (Muño)
• Nunes (Nuno)
• Núñez (Nuño)
• Ordóñez (Ordoño)
• Ortiz (Ortún)
• Peláez (Pelayo)
• Pérez, Peris, Peres (Pere, Pero, Pedro)
• Ramírez (Ramiro)
• Rodríguez (Rodrigo)
• Ruiz (Roi o Roy, Ruy, Rodrigo)
• Sánchez, Sáez, Sáenz, Sainz (Sancho)
• Suárez, Juárez, Xuárez (Suero)
• Téllez (Tello)
• Velázquez (Velasco)
• Yagüe, Yágüez (Yagüe o Yago, Santiago)
• Yáñez (Ioan, Juan)

Surnames formed from occupations or positions.

Are those surnames which identified the person depending on your occupation, position or status.

Some of these surnames are:

• Alcalde, Alcaide
• Alférez
• Ballester, Ballestero, Ballesteros
• Batanero
• Barbero
• Botero
• Caballero
• Carbonero
• Cardenal
• Camarero
• Caminero
• Capitán
• Cantero
• Carpintero
• Carnicero
• Carreiro
• Carretero
• Castillero
• Cerecero
• Cillero
• Conde
• Correa
• Criado
• Cubero
• Duque
• Escrivá
• Ferrer, Ferrero, Ferrufino, Herrera, Herrero
• Guerrero
• Hidalgo
• Jurado
• Labrador
• Manzanero
• Marinero
• Marqués
• Molinero
• Monje
• Morterero
• Notario
• Ovejero
• Panadero
• Pastor
• Rey
• Rico
• Sabater ((in catalan language, shoemaker)
• Sacristán
• Saetero
• Sastre, Sartori
• Sillero
• Soldado
• Teixidó (Evolution of "Teixidor", in catalan language, weaver)
• Tejedor
• Tornero
• Vaquero
• Verdugo
• Zapatero

Surnames formed from physical or moral characteristics of the person.

Some of these surnames are:

• Amor
• Alegre
• Barriga
• Bello
• Blanco
• Bravo
• Bueno
• Cabello
• Cabeza
• Cabezón
• Calvo
• Cano
• Casado
• Castaño
• Cortés
• Crespo
• Delgado
• Descalzo
• Feliz
• Galán
• Gordo
• Grande
• Hermoso
• Leal
• Lozano
• Manso
• Malo
• Moreno
• Nieto
• Pequeño
• Pinto
• Prieto
• Rojo
• Rubio
• Seco

Surnames in function of circumstances of person's birth.

Are those surnames that depend on the circumstances of the moment of birth (month of birth, the saint who was celebrated that day, etc.). In this category also include the names with which they identify infants whose parents were unknowns, many of them with religious references.

Some of these surnames are:

• Abril
• Bastardo
• Buendía
• Diosdado
• De Dios
• Deulofeu (in catalan language, God made him)
• Expósito
• Iglesias
• Nomdedeu ((in catalan language, God's Name)
• San Martín o Sanmartín
• San Pedro o Sampedro
• San Miguel o Sanmiguel
• Temprano
• Tirado

Surnames of uncertain origin.

Are those surnames relating to animals, plants or objects. Possibly identified the people that raised, grown or manufactured it.

Some of these surnames are:

• Águila
• Botella
• Borrego
• Buey
• Cebolla
• Conejo
• Cordero
• Cuervo
• Gato
• Gavilán
• Lobato
• Oliva
• Osa
• Palomo
• Raposo
• Tocino
• Toro
• Vaca
• Zorrilla


On our website, you can find an alphabetical sorted list of Spanish surnames found in our genealogical studies. This list is not a guide to know the origin of the name, but location simply indicates where have appeared most ancestors with each surname during genealogy researches we made ​​for our customers.

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