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SEPHARDIC NAMES TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH FROM
ARABIC (A), AFRICA (AF) ARAMAIC (AR), BASQUE (BA), BERBER (B), CELTIC (C), DUTCH (DU),  ENGLISH (E), FRENCH (F), GERMAN (D),GREEK (G), HEBREW (H),  HEBREW BIBLICAL (HB),  HEBREW TALMUD (HT),  ITALIAN (I), LATIN (L), ROMANY, SPANISH (S), PORTUGUESE (P), PERSIAN, IRAN, FARSI, (PE) TURKISH (T), YIDDISH (Y)

NOTICE THAN MANY SEPHARDIC SURNAMES APPEAR TO BE IN THE ARABIC LANGUAGE.  THE ARABS AND MOROS ARE GIVEN CREDIT FOR BRINGING  SURNAMES AS WE KNOW THEM TO SPAIN DURING THEIR CONQUEST.

Translations provided by GOOGLE research and members of the forum at Sephardim.com.  Some solutions are "educated guesses". Citations not provided. Corrections accepted.



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Name Language Translation(s)
     
     
P
Pace (L) From the Latin paz meaning peace
Pacheco (P)(S) Slow or sluggish person, in or near a country place
Pachequo (P)(S) Slow or sluggish person, in or near a country place                                                            
Pacifico (S) Calm, quiet, peaceful, friend of peace
Pacifici (S) Peaceful person
Pacuda (H) Order
Padilla (S) Small frying pan, bread oven
Padoa (I) Padova, Italy
Padova (I) Padova, Italy
Padre (P) Priest, father
Padre (S) Father,  male descendant, principal or head of a lineage
Padresanto (S) Holy father meaning the Pope
Padron (S) Poll, census, model, memorial column of person of infamy. Also a city of Spain.
Padua (S) A city of Italy
Paduano (S) From Padua
Paes (S) Country
Pais (P)(S) Country, nation, land, region
Paiva (P) Paiva, Portugal
Pajon (S) Course straw
Pakuda (H) Order
Palacano (P) Courtier
Palacci (P) Courtier
Palache (P) Courtier
Palachi (P) Courtier
Palacious (do) (P) Courtier, from  the court
Palagi   Courtier
Palaggi   Courier
Palas (S) Palas de Rey, Spain
Palasio (de)   Courtier
Palatche   Courtier
Palatchi   Courtier
Palatgi   Courtier
Palazzi   Courtier
Palenca (S) Palencia, Spain
Palencia (S) Palencia, Spain
Palensia (S) Palencia, Spain
Pallache   Courtier
Pallas (S) Palas de Rey, Spain
Palma (P) Palm tree
Palma (S) Palm tree leaf, palm of hand. sole of hoof, interior part of stables, applause
Palma (S) Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Palmeiro   Palm tree
Palmela   Palm tree
Palmeria (P) Palm tree
     
Palmero (S) A city in Sicily
Palombo (A) Pigeon
Palomi (A) Pigeon
Palomino (A) Small pigeon
Palomo (S) Cock, male pigeon
Palos (S) Sticks, staffs, colloquila for lumber
Palti (HB) Refugee, one from the tribe of Benjamin
Pambuk   Cotton mattress maker
Pampana (S) Wine leaf
Pamplones (S) From the city of Pomplona
Panadero (S) Baker, a Spanish dance with clogs
Papero   Small pan or pot
Paperou   Small pan or pot
Papini (L) See Papo or Pappo
Papo (P)(S) Craw of birds
Papo (L) See Pappo
Papoula (A) Poppy seed
Pappo (L) Double chin, large thyroid gland an indication of an iodine definciency, loose skin under an elderly persons neck
Papula (A) Poppy seed
Para (P) Stop, city in Brazil
Para (T) Money
Para (de la) (S) Viniculturist
Paramo (S) High barren plain, bleak, windy place
Pardal (A) Sparrow
Pardes (S) Paradise
Pareira (P) Grape vine
Parente (S) Relative
Parets (CAT)(H) Walls in Catalan,  Break through in Hebrew
Parra (S) A preposition "to", "for", or "towards"
Pardo (P) Mulatto, brown, El Pardo, Spain
Pardo (S) The color brown, drab, dark, cloudy, a flat, dull voice that has no clarity.
Paredes (P)(S) Walls
Paredes (H) Orange grove
Paredes (de) (P) Paredes, Portugal
Pareja (S) Adjective meaning equal, even or smooth
Pareja (P) Couple
Parejo (S) Male derivative of Pareja has seperate different meaning.  Possibly couple in a sexual relationship..
Parhon (G) From the Greek name Paronis
Pariente (P)(S) Relative, family
Pares (P)(S) Couples, duos, pairs
Parets (CAT) Walls from the Catalon
Parets (H) Break through (See Peretz)
Parigi (F) Paris, France
Paris (S) A city of France
Pariso (S) Paradise
Parnas (H) Jewish community employee
Parra (P) Grape leaf
Parra (S) Grape vine, short and wide earthen jar
Parreira (P) Grape vine
Pas (S) From the Latin, pax, peace or peaceful man
Pasapais (S) The country, region, city
Pasarel (S) From Pasarela, a footbridge or catwalk
Pasarinho (P) Little bird
Pascoa (H) From Pessah meaning Passover
Pascual (S) From Pascua, meaning Easter, but also meaning the deliverance of the Jews from Egypt
Pasqual (S) Same as Pascual
Parsi (S) People from ancient Persia, now called  Farsistion on the gulf of Persia.  Also the language and the immigrants who went to india, now called Parsi or Parsee.
Paso (S) Step, pass, gait, measure, or basting stitch
Pass (A) Name of a city in Morocco, Pas or Fez
Passos (P) Foot steps, walk
Passy (A) From Fassi, meaning from the city of Fas of Fez, Morocco
Pastor (P) Sheppard, minister
Pastori (L) From the Latin, pastor, shepard
Pasuelo   Peaceful man
Pata(o) (P) Duck. paw
Pata (S) Paw, foot, leg and leg of furniture
Pater (L) Latin for father
Pato (S) Duck (usually domestic), drake
Patto (S) Duck
Paulo (P) Small
Pavia (P) Pavia, Italy
Pavia (S) City in Italy
Pavon (S) Bluing, browning, breezy, small peacock
Pavoncello   Small peacock
Pax (L) Paz, peace, peacefull man
Pazuelo   Peaceful man
Pazuello   Peaceful man
Payba (I) Paiva, Italy
Paz (da) (de) (P)(S) Peace, peaceful man
Pecoa (P) Person
Pederneira (P)(S) Place with many stones
Pedreira (P) Stone quarry
Pedreira (S) Precious stones, jewelry
Pedreiro (P) Stone mason
Pedro (P)(S) Peter
Pedroso (P) Stony place
Pedrozo (P) Stony place
Pegado (P) Glued, stuck
Pegado (S) Patch, sticking, plaster
Pegna   Cliff
Peinado (S) Arrangement of the hair (hair do) combed, groomed
Peix (P) Fish
Peixoto (P) A small fish
Peixotto (P) A small fish
Pellas (S) Palas de Rey, Spain
Pellegrino   Pilgrim, wanderer
Pelo (P) Fuzz, hair
Pelo (S) Hair or down on skin or fruit, fiber, filament, flaw in precious stones, raw silk
Pelosof   Philosopher
Pelosov   Philosopher
Pena(de la) (S) Rock, bolder, cliff, club, usually means a field of rocks.. One who lives near a cliff
Penafiel (P) Penafiel, Portugal
Penafiel (S) Penafiel, Spain
Penamacor (P) Penamacor, Portugal
Penas (S) Rocky surfaces or places
Pechero (S) Taxable, taxpayer, commoner
Penco (P) Thick cabbage leaf
Penco (S) A form of jade
Penco (S) Lame
Pepe (S) Joseph
Pequeno (S) Small
Pesco (P) Weigh, weigh out, compensate
Penedo (P) Boulder
Penha(de la) (L)(P) Cliff, boulder, one who lives near a cliff
Penhorado (P) Seized, confiscated
Penhorante (P) Obliged
Penia (P)(S) Lives in the stones or quarry, One of solid character
Penjas (P) One who lives near a cliff
Pensa (P)(S) Think, or weigh, weigh out, compensate
Penso (S) Weigh, weigh out, compensate
Penteado (P) Groomed, hair style, hair well combed
Peon (S) Pedestrian, foot soldier, laborer, pawn in a chess game
Pera (P) Pear
Perahia (H) Flower of Gold. Name of Talmudic writer, G-d's flower
Perahya (H) See Perahia, G-d's flower
Perahyah (H) G-d's flower
Perajia (H) G-d's flower
Peral (P) Pear Orchard
Peralta (P) Raise, elevate
Peralta (P)(S) From the Latin, petra alta meaning high rock
Peralta   Naughty child
Perdomo (F) Loyal, faithful, wise man
Pereira (S) Perera, Spain  or place of pears.  Pear orchard
Peres (S) Son of Pedro, Pero
Peres (H)  Biblical son of Judah and Tomar
Perets (HB) Breach. The name of a son of Judah, break through
Peretz (H) Bursting forth, break through
Perdigao (P) Male partridge
Perdugo   Off spring, sword, blade
Peregrino (L) Pilgrim, wanderer
Pereiro (P) Pear tree
Perera (S) Pear tree
Pereyras (S) Perera, Spain or pear orchard
Perez (S) Son of Pedro, Pero
Perez (H) Biblical son of Judah and Tomar
Pergola(Della) (I) Vinyard grower
Perire (S) Pear tree
Pernas (H) Jewish community employee
Pernidji   Cheese maker
Perugia (I) Perugia, Umbria, Italy
Pesado (P)(S) Heavy, burdendome
Pesaresi (I) Pesaro, Marche, Italy
Pesaro (I) Pesaro, Marche, Italy
Pesero (I) Pesaro, Marche, Italy
Peso (S) Weight, scale, balance, burdensome load, judgement, good sense, Peso, Castela, Spain
Pesoa (P) Person
Pesos (S) Peso, Castela, Spain
Pessah (HB) Passed over
Pessoa (P) Person, man, city in Brazil
Pestana (P) Eyelash
Pestana (S) eyelash, flange,fluks of an anchor, lace edging, tire, rim
Pexe (P) Fish
Pez (P) Pitch, tar
Pezaro (I) Pesaro, Marche, Italy
Pharchi (I) Florence, Italy
Pharmakis (G) Maker of poison
Phebus (G) From the Greek Phoebus meaning bright
Phoinquinos   Phoenician
Piattelli   Humble, pius
Piazza (I) From the square
Picador (P) Riding Master, sting, prickly person
Picanco   The name of a bird
Picardo (F) Ancient town in France
Picciot (I) Young man
Picciotto (I) Young man
Piccoli (I) Small or small flute or plural of piccolo
Pichoto (I) Young man
Pico (P) Island, pick, sharp point
Pico (S) Beak, bill, spout of a pitcher,pick ax, woodpecker
Pie (S) Foot, footing, foothold
Piedrahita (S) Pierdra (stone) + hita (fixed) = fixed stone or landmark
Pignero (P) Pine tree
Pilar (P) Peer.
Pilar (S) Bowl of a fountain
Pilar (P)(S) Pillar.  Has Catholic regilious significance
Pilas (P) Little boys' penises, a call for chickens
Pilho  (P)(G) Lance or G-d's friend
Pilo (P) A weapon, a lance used during the middle ages
Pilo (P)(G) Lanace or G-d's friend
Pilos (P)(G) Lance or G-d's friend
Pilosof (G) Philosopher
Pilosoff (G) Philosopher
Pilossof (G) Philosopher
Pina. (P) Part of a wheel
Pina (with~) (P) A fire cone, knob, plug, cluster, knot, pineapple
Pine de (S) A kind of pine tree
Pinehas (H) Pinchas, biblical high priest of Israel, grandson of Aaron
Pina (S) Pine tree or steep incline
Pina   Pineapple, also see Pinna
Pineda (S) A grove of pine trees or a braid for garters
Pinhas (H) Pinchas, biblical high priest of Israel, grandson of Aaron
Pinhel de (P) Pinhel, Portugal
Pinna (L) Wedge, wing, fin or feather
Pino (S) Pine tree or steep incline
Pintado (S) Painted with many colors, spotted
Pinto (S) A species of bean (the pinto bean), spot, dot,  pint lines on Spanish playing cards indicating the suit. The name of a town near Madrid.
Pintor (S) Paintor (artist)
Pintos (S) Spots
Pinya   Pinion seed
Pimenta (P) Pepper, pepper plant
Pimental (P)(S) Pepper field
Pimentel (P) Pepper field, red faced as a pepper
Pimentilla (S) A small pepper field or a kind of pepper, intelligent
Pimienta (S) Black pepper, also allspice and pimento, pepper man
Pinero (S) Pine tree
Pineiro (S) Pine tree
Pinha (P) Pine cone
Pinhal (P) Pine forest
Pinhao   Pinon seed
Pinhedo (P) Boulder
Pinheiro (P) Pine tree
Pinero   Pine tree
Pinho (P) Small pine tree
Pintado (P) Painted
Pinto (P) To paint, chick
Piperno (I) Pipero,Lazio, Italy
Pires (P) Saucers, son of Pedro
Pisa (I) Pisa, Italy
Pisson (S) Piaon, Spain
Pita (P) Aloe, cactus, chicken
Pita (S) Aloe plant, century plant, pita fiber, hissing,
Pita (A) A flat bread
Pitigliani (I) Pitigliano, Italy
Pitigliano (I) Pitigliano, Italy
Pittigliani (I) Pitigliano, Italy
Piza (I) Pisa, Italy
Pizarro (S) Pizarra means shale, slate, black board. (Note variant spelling)
Placoula   From the square or plaza
Placuela(de la)   From the square or plaza
Planes (S) Plans
Platero (S) Goldsmith
Pliego (S) Sheet of paper. folder, cover, envelope, sealed letter, a bill
Poel (H) Worker
Poeta (P)(S) Poet, one who writes in verse
Poggetti (F) La Pouget, France
Poggetto (F) La Pouget, France
Polacco (P) Polish
Polack (P) Polish
Polaco (P) Polish, a person or language or object from Poland
Polar (S) Relating to the earth's poles or pole star
Polegar (P)(S) Thumb
Poli (I) Poli, Italy
Policar (S) Thumb
Polido (P) Polite
Polidoro   Person with many gifts, having  virtues
Polikar (S) Thumb
Polite   See Politi
Politi (G) Desendant of Polito
Politi   He who sets horses free
Politi   Urban
Politi (I) From Polito in Cosenza, Italy
Politis   See Politi
Politou   See Politi
Polity   See Politi
Pollaco (P) Polish
Pollegar (P)(S) Thumb
Pollo (S) Chicken, young bee, or sly fellow
Pollo (P) Polite, Portugal
Polo (S) Relating to the earth's geographic poles
Polo (P) Polite, Portugal
Polonia   Polish
Pomar (P) Orchard
Pomar (S) Apple Orchard
Pomar (S) Medina de Pomar, Spain
Pomares (S) Apple Orchards
Pombal (P) Dove coat
Pombeiro (P) Person who has doves
Pombeiro   Pigeon holw
Pombo (P) Dove
Pomis   Apple
Ponce (P) A town in Portugal
Ponte (P)(S) Bridge
Pontecorboli (I) Pontecoreboli, Italy
Pontremoli (I) Pontremoli, Italy
Porat (HB) Fruitful, word used in Jacob's blessings
Porron (S) Slow, heavy, sluggish. earthen jar, wine bottle with long spout
Porta (P) Door, opening
Porta (S) Port hole, cover of a loop hole
Porta (F) Portal, Vaueluse, France
Portal (F) Portal, Vaueluse, France
Portaleon (I) Portaleone, Tuscany, Italy
Portalleoni (I) Portaleone, Tuscany, Italy
     
Porte de (S) Carrying portage of., conduct, dress, bearing nobility
Porteiro (P) Porter, doorman
Portela (P) Narrow passage, toll
Portella (P)(S) Small door
Portero (S) Porter, doorman
Portilla (S) Port hole, private cart or private cattel pass
Porto(di)(de) (I) Porto,Lazio, Italy
Porto(do) (P) Port, city of Portugal, a sweet wine from the region
Porto Riche (S) Puerto Rico
Portogez (P) Portuguese
Portoghese (P) Portuguese
Porttaleon (I) Portaleone, Tuscany, Italy
Portugal (P) Portuguese
Portugali (P) Portuguese
Portugheis (P) Portuguese
Portugheis (P) Portuguese
Portugues (P) Portuguese
Portugueiz (P) Portuguese
Portugues (P) Portuguese
Portuguez (P) Portuguese
Pozo (P) Calm, peaceful man
Pozuelo (P) Calm, peaceful man
Prades (S) Extension
Prado(de)(do)(del) (P) Meadow or prairie
Prado (S) Meadow, pasture, walk, promendade
Prat (S) Prat de Llobregh, Spain
Prata (P) Silver, meadow dweller
Pratas (P) Silver, meadow dweller
Prateiro (P) Sliver smith, meadow dweller
Preciado (S) Appreciated, prized, valued
Preseguido (P) Followed
     
Preseguido (S) To announce or prevent an event
Presente (S) Present
Preto (P) Black
Preto (S) From the latin, a magistrate
Pretto (P) Black
Prieto (P) Black, darking, a dark color
Primo (S) Cousin or first
Prissiado (S) Appreciated, prized, valued
Proaccio   Commissary
Procaccia   Commissary
Proenca (P) Deed, prowess
Proenca (F) Provence, France
Proenza (P) Deed, prowess
Provencal (F) Provence, France
Provence (F) Provence, France
Provensal (F) Provence, France
Provenzal (F) Provence, France
Provenzale (F) Provence, France
Provenzali (F) Provence, France
Provenzial (F) Provence, France
Ptolemaios (G) Ptolemy
Puar (S) To put teeth on a comb or other instrument
Puentes (S) Bridges
Pugliese (I) Puglia, Italy
Pugliesi (I) Puglia, Italy
Puigcerda (S) A city in Spain
Pulgar (S) Thumb or extension of a vine
Pulido (P) Polite
Purim (H) The Jewish festival of Purim, changes, fortunes



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