Here are some of my family surnames:

Maternal Surnames: Armistead, Armour, Bass, Beard, Baird, Berkeley, Berry, Bland, Blanchard, Braxton, Brayne, Brookings/Brookins, Brown, Burwelll, Butler, Byrd/Bird,  Cabell, Carter, Chandler, Conover, Constable, Corbin,  Davis, Dedman, DeFreese/De Vries,  DeGroat/DeGroot, Dickeson/Dickerson/Dickinson, Douglass, Dungee/Dungey, Dunjee, Edwards, Eltonhead, Epps/Eppes, Fanning, Fischer, Fitzhugh, Francis, Freedman, Gillette, Goosbeck,  Gray, Green, Greene, Groesbeck, Grosvenor, Grymes/Grimes, Hamilton, Hammond, Harris,  Harrison, Hedden, Hedges, Hemings, Henderson, Hicks, Hill, Hirshson, Howell, Hunt,  sham, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Johnson, Jones, King, Layton, Lee, Linnehan/ Linehan/Lennihan, Ludlow, Lyon, Macomb, Mann/Manuel, Moore, Mead, McClane, McIntyre, McIntosh, Meyers, Mire/Myer, Merritt, Milligan, Mitchell, O’Fake, Page, Parham, Perkins, Pettit, Pickett, Quarles, Randolph, Ragland, Roberts, Robinson, Scarborough, Scott, Shelton, Sisco, Smith, Spotswood, Sutton, Tate, Taylor, Timbrook/TenBroeck, Terrell, Thigpen.  Thomas, Thompson/Thomson, Thorpe, Todd, Townely, Turner, VanderZee, Van Dunk/Van Donck, Van Duyne, Van Dyke, Van Riper, Vega, Warner, Washington, Wickham, Williams, Woodruff, Wormeley, Wooley, and Wright.

Locations: My tri-racial African-American  ( West, South, and East African, Western and Eastern European, Native American ancestry ) maternal line has colonial roots in Massachusetts (Suffolk, Norfolk, Plymouth, Hampden, and Berkshire counties),Rhode Island (Providence, Kent, and Washington counties), Connecticut (Fairfield County) New York (New York City, Suffolk, Westchester, Orange, Rockland, Dutchess, Columbia-Green, Ulster counties primarily), New Jersey (Essex, Morris, Bergen, Monmouth, Salem, Gloucester, Burlington, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, Cumbeland, Cape May, Sussex, and Hunterdon counties), and Virginia (Dinwiddie County, Fluvanna County, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Prince George County, Lynchburg, Charles City, Richmond,  Petersburg, James City, Nottoway County, Chesterfield County, Powhatan County, Sussex County, Amelia County, Lancaster County, King and Queen County, York County, Louisa County, Hanover County, Orange County, Caroline County, Henrico County, Goochland County, King William County, Middlesex County, Spotsylvania County, New Kent County, Westmoreland County, Gloucester County, Augusta County, Albemarle County,  Waynesboro, Prince Edward County, Southampton, Surry,  and Isle of Wight County). From these states, my ancestors spread out across the country. Our ancestors were also from Madagascar,  Ireland, England, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Cuba, and Eastern Europe. My maternal side also includes some Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.

Paternal Surnames:  Acevedo, Adorno, Alicea/Aliceda, Alvarado, Alvarez, Alverio, Aponte, Aragon, Arroyo, Ayala, Battisimo, Bethencourt/Betancourt, Bobadilla, Bonet, Bonilla, Bosques, Bracero, Caban, Camacho, Caraballo,  Carde, Cardona, Castro, Cintron, Chaparro, Charneco, Collazo, Colon, Corniel, Correa, Crespo, Cruz, de Las Casas, Diaz, Domenech, Espinosa/Espinosa de los Monteros, Feliciano, Fernandez, Figueroa, Galarza, Garcia, Gomez, Gonzalez, Guzman, Hernandez, Hererra, Irizarry, Jimenez,  Lajara, Limardo, Lopez, Lorenzo, Lugo, Lupo, Magdaleno, Martinez, Medina, Melendez, Mendez, Mercado, Merida, Miranda, Morales, Muniz, Nieves, Noboa/Novoa, Octaviani, Oliver, Orabona,  Ortiz, Pabon, Padilla, Pendas,  Peraza, Perez, Quiles, Quinonez, Ramirez, Ramos, Rio/Rios, Rivera, Rodriguez, Roman, Rosa, Rosario/del Rosario, Ruiz, Salcedo, Sambolin, Sanchez, Santiago, Santoni, Soto/de Soto/Sotomayor, Toledo, Torres, Toro/del Toro, Vazquez, Vega, and Velez.

Locations: My tri-racial Puerto Rican paternal line (West and North African, Southern European, and Taino ancestry) is from Puerto Rico (Agauda, Aguadilla, Rincon, Las Marias, San Sebastian, Arecibo, Isabela, Lares, Sabana Grande, San German, Yauco, Susua Alta, Ponce, Cabo Rojo, Caguas, San Juan, Carolina, and Santurce), Spain, Canary Islands, Corsica, Italy, Sardinia, Morocco, Algeria, and Portugal. This side has a lot of Sephardic Jewish ancestry.


27 thoughts on “Surnames/Apellidos

  1. Very interesting! How could I found out about my family’s names: Ortiz, Lopez, y Alvarado? I believe they are Jewish, but from where?

  2. My name is Julio A. Espinosa de los Monteros, i’m Californian born, my father was born somewhere in mexico, his name is Julio Espinosa de los monteros my grandfathers is also Julio Espinos de los Monteros, he was born in mexico city and lived in Nogales Arizona.
    My grandmother name was Librada, she was from Michacan, i cant seem to be able to find much else about them as they were not very close to my dad.
    No church records as we don’t know were they were baptized, where else can i look for info.?

    1. Julio-
      I was able to find records because my Espinosa ancestors were from the Canary Islands and there were a lot of published genealogies going way back. My DNA cousins were able to fill in the blanks for me. Have you taken a DNA test yet?


  3. My name is Olga Cuevas Echevarria I am Puerto Rican per both of my parents my father was born in Esperanza, Arecibo, PR Manuel Cuevas Torres, my mother Maria Cristina Echevarria in Bayaney, PR. My DNA said I am 15% Native Indian, 15% Italian & Greek, 30% Iberian, the rest DNA is North Africa, Eastern Jewish, Irish, English. How do I find out my Native American tribes how do I find out if I am Taino or North American tribes. I would like to know the tribes named in me. I am 64yrs I am sick. I would love to find out please help me or how to

  4. My last name is Vega,what do
    U mean parental and maternal surnames ?u say all of these names our connected to how?

  5. I am curious if the name Carlos Thompson (Puerto Rican) who lived in Connecticut popped up in your research. From what I was told he was married to a Puerto Rican woman and had a daughter. He may have had more children since.

    1. Mic!ac-
      I haven’t come across a Carlos Thompson. I will let you know if I ever do though. Thanks for reading my blogpost. Boricuas do call CT one of their home states now.


  6. I am so happy to have been told about this blog. I also have DeGroat/DeGroot and Milligan ancestors. I am trying to learn more about the African/Dutch families in Ny/NJ, Orange and Bergen counties.

    1. I am glad you have those surnames in your family. There is a lot of history that begins in New Amsterdam. We have always been here and have had indigenous roots mixed with Dutch, West African, Malagasy and more. No Ellis Island here!

  7. Do you have any information on the surname Parham? I have research my family back to a slave women name Martha Parham Jones, in Brunswick County, Lawrenceville, Va. she was married to a man name Clairbone Jones. I can’t seem to get any additional information about this women. She was freed when unsure. She had a child by George Blick of Brunswick County, Lawrenceville, Va.

  8. can u tell m,e about vega,vegil,de la vega from castille spain please.i think thats the way you spell it.i do know my family was jewish there was holocost survivors.they were expelled from castile by fernidad and isibele my spelling all wrong today my bad anything you can find out would b awesome.maybe i can speak to one of my family members

    1. Vega/De la Vega is a common surname. You should definitely get in touch with Dr. Ana Oquendo-Pabon or her brother Padre Jose AntonioOquendo-Pabon. They are on FaceBook. They know more about Sephardic Jewish history than me.

  9. Hi, my mother who will be 93 in May, is originally from Lares. Her last name is Carde’ and her grandfather was Manuel Carde’ Perez. Her grandmother Adelaide Centeno was his 1st wife and died after giving birth to their 3rd child, Jose Manuel Carde’ Centeno. Their oldest child was my grandmother Louisa, who was 6 or 7 when her mother passed, and who died when my mother was 11 years. I saw that on your paternal side was the surname Carde’, and if there could be a connection and possibly where the surname may have come from, France, Italy UK? Thank you for any info you might have, .Marie Carde’

  10. Im a Black American indian mixed with Puerto Rican from the Bronx & Westchester county NY, my Boriqua side has unique Sir names Monsanto and Revera any tips I suspect those or Sephardic and or Moorish even Converso Morascos, although my Boriqua side is proud Tianos. Have you seen Revera spelled as such instead of Rivera and Monsanto I believe means one & only saint or one god not to sure but seems like a Spanish Jew name due to Inquisition and such maybe the fled to the Canaries then to PR and eventually NYC lol, but any thoughts and there is a lot of us Mixed mutt Puerto Ricans my wife is Dominican and black lol half the Bronx is boriqua mutts and mixed Italians and black now, love being multicultural its so American.

    1. There are a lot of books on Sephardic Jews and you should definitely read them. Surnames have different spellings to it’s ot surpising to see Rivera spelled in different ways. Padre Jose Antonio Oquendo-Pabon is an expert of PR genealogy. You can find him on Facebook under his anme. Hope that helps.

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