Portuguese Immigrants in the United States

Anglicized Portuguese Names

Like other ethnic groups in the United States, the Portuguese have modified their names to make them easier for English speakers to pronounce or recognize, as well as to avoid the discrimination often felt by immigrants and their progeny. Some have even Anglicized their names upon naturalization to show their pride in their new citizenship. First names are generally Anglicized in predictable ways: António becomes Tony; Maria becomes Mary; José becomes Joseph; Ana becomes Ann. Manuel is often rendered Manny. Last names, however, are a more complicated matter. Some new names were taken because they sounded like the original Portuguese ones -- for example, Leitão/Leighton; Coelho/Quail; Rosa/Rose. Many of these new names, but certainly not all, not only sounded like the original Portuguese name but were also literal translations. Other Portuguese surnames were translated with the results sounding nothing like the original. Thus, White was taken in place of Alves, Oakes for Carvalho, King instead of Reis. Yet other Portuguese immigrants have adopted variations of family nicknames for surnames.

The following is only a partial list of the many fascinating Anglicized forms of Portuguese surnames found in the United States.


See this list in alphabetical order by:   English  |  Portuguese



English

Alexander
Andrews
Brooks
Chambers
Clay
Cross
Ferry
Francis
Frazer
Hendrick(s)
Holmes
King
Leighton
Lewis
Marshall
Martin
Miller
Morris
Oakes
Oliver
Olivier
Perry
Peters
Pine
Quail
Roberts
Rogers
Rose
Silver
Snow
Sylvia
White
Woods

Portuguese

Alexandre
Andrade
Ribeiro
Câmara
Barros
Cruz
Ferreira
Freitas, Frates
Freitas
Henriques
Gomes
Reis
Leitão
Luiz
Machado, Marcelino
Martins
Melo, Mello
Moraes
Carvalho
Oliveira
Oliveira
Pereira
Pires
Pinheiro
Coelho
Ribeiro
Rodrigues
Rosa
Silva, Silveira
Neves
Silva, Silveira
Alves
Madeira


Portuguese

Alexandre
Alves
Andrade
Barros
Câmara
Carvalho
Coelho
Cruz
Ferreira
Frates
Freitas
Gomes
Henriques
Leitão
Luiz
Machado
Madeira
Marcelino
Martins
Melo
Mello
Moraes
Neves
Oliveira
Pereira
Pinheiro
Pires
Reis
Ribeiro
Rodrigues
Rosa
Silva
Silveira

English

Alexander
White
Andrews
Clay
Chambers
Oakes
Quail
Cross
Ferry
Francis
Francis, Frazer
Holmes
Hendrick(s)
Leighton
Lewis
Marshall
Woods
Marshall
Martin
Miller
Miller
Morris
Snow
Oliver, Olivier
Perry
Pine
Peters
King
Brooks, Roberts
Rogers
Rose
Silver, Sylvia
Silver, Sylvia


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