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Portuguese Origins in the United States: A Guide to Local History and Genealogy Sources

Surnames and Place Names

Pride in Portuguese heritage is reflected in the names of places and people beloved by our ancestors.

Language can sustain heritage for generations. Through the names of people and places, we can keep contact with our ancestors. The following resources offer insight into the linguistic legacies Portuguese immigrants have established in the United States.

The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are included when available.

A commonly held belief is that Portuguese names that reference location or plant life might indicate Jewish heritage.