Tree names in Portuguese surnames

Introduction

Many Portuguese surnames are derived from tree names. This happens in other languages too, such as Dutch and German. Below you can see a list of such names that I know of.

Table

Names in parentheses are names of fruits and trees which, as far as I know, do not occur and last names.

Portuguese surnameDutch surnameGerman surnameLatin tree name
Amendoeira 1)(amandel(boom))MandelPrunus dulcis, Prunus amygdalus
CarvalhoVan Eik, Van Eyk, Van Eijk, Eikman, Eijkelenboom etc. EichmannQuercus
Cedreiro(ceder)Cedrus
Moreira 2) (de: amoreira)(moerbei) Morelenbaum? 3) 4) (não de: Maulbeeren)Morus
(cereja)Kerseboom, Kersseboom 5) Kirschbaum, Kirshenbaum 6) Cerasus
Nogueira 7) 8) Nootenboom, Noteboom, Nooteboom 9), Neuteboom etc. Nussbaum Juglans etc. etc.
Oliveira(olijfboom)(Olivenbaum)Oleaceae
PereiraPeereboom(Birne)Pyrus
Salgueiro 10) 11) Van der Wilgen(Weiden)Salix
Teixeira (de: teixo)Tax? 12) (venijnboom) (Eibe)Taxus baccata
(tília)Van de(r) Linde(n), Lindeman etc. Lindenberg 13) (Linde)Tilia
Portuguese surnameDutch surnameGerman surnameLatin tree name

Examples

  1. Joana Amendoeira
  2. Fátima Moreira de Melo
  3. Jacques Morelenbaum
  4. Paula Morelenbaum
  5. Astrid Kersseboom
  6. Ewan Kirshenbaum
  7. Danilo Nogueira
  8. Alice Nogueira
  9. Cees Nooteboom
  10. Salgueiro Maia
  11. Teresa Salgueiro / Madredeus
  12. Wally Tax / The Outsiders
  13. Udo Lindenberg

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