Our Portuguese name database contains 19.947 Portuguese first names and 2.752 Portuguese surnames categorized by gender and frequency. After payment you can download the Portuguese name database in CSV, SQL or JSON format and use it freely in your projects. In Portugal we received a name and gender database from the Portuguese government and merged it with publicly available data sets. To create the Portuguese name database we used 120.151 validated Portuguese social media profiles. We have a detailed explanation of our methodology and illustrate our approach with several examples.

Portuguese first names

In Portugal, parents typically choose a first name for their child based on personal preference and family tradition. They may also consider the name's meaning and whether it is a commonly used or traditional name in Portuguese culture. Many parents will also seek input from grandparents or other family members when choosing a name. Ultimately, the decision is made by the parents and is a reflection of their personal taste and values.

Popular male Portuguese names

First name Frequency*1 Percentage*1 Alternative countries*2
João 3.680 4.6%
João 3.680 4.6% Brazilian American Colombian
Pedro 2.996 3.8% Spanish Brazilian Mexican
Ricardo 1.847 2.3% Brazilian Mexican Spanish
Nuno 1.755 2.2% British Colombian Spanish
Paulo 1.647 2.1% Brazilian American British
Tiago 1.596 2.0% Brazilian British American
Luís 1.592 2.0%
Luís 1.592 2.0% Mexican Spanish Venezuelan
Rui 1.579 2.0% Brazilian British American
  • *1 The Frequency and Percentage are based on 120.151 Portuguese social media profiles from which 79.533 (66%) is male.
  • *2 Alternative countries are countries where this first name also is used. They are sorted on popularity.

Popular female Portuguese names

First name Frequency*1 Percentage*1 Alternative countries*2
Ana 1.530 3.8% Spanish Brazilian American
Joana 969 2.4% Spanish Brazilian American
Inês 829 2.0%
Inés 829 2.0%
Inês 829 2.0% Spanish French German
Catarina 679 1.7% Brazilian American British
Mária 676 1.7%
María 676 1.7%
Maria 676 1.7% Spanish American Venezuelan
Rita 660 1.6% American Italian Brazilian
  • *1 The Frequency and Percentage are based on 120.151 Portuguese social media profiles from which 40.618 (34%) is female.
  • *2 Alternative countries are countries where this first name also is used. They are sorted on popularity.

Popular Portuguese surnames

In Portugal, the surname typically follows the first name and is inherited from the father. It is common for women to retain their maiden name after marriage, but they may also choose to take their husband's surname. Children typically take their father's surname, but in some cases, they may take their mother's surname. In some instances, a double surname may also be used, where both the father and mother's surnames are combined.

Last name Frequency*1 Percentage*1 Alternative countries*2
Silva 3.339 2.8% Brazilian American Venezuelan
Ferreira 1.957 1.6% Brazilian American Paraguayan
Santos 1.783 1.5% Brazilian American Spanish
Pereira 1.762 1.5% Brazilian American Spanish
Oliveira 1.625 1.4% Brazilian American British
Costa 1.532 1.3% Brazilian American Spanish
Rodrigues 1.407 1.2% Brazilian American British
Martins 1.395 1.2% Brazilian American British
Sousa 1.241 1.0% Brazilian American Spanish
Fernandes 1.136 0.9% Brazilian American Indian
  • *1 The Frequency and Percentage are based on 120.151 Portuguese social media profiles.
  • *2 Alternative countries are countries where this last name also is used. They are sorted on popularity.