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The mountainous borders of Spain contain the origins of the prestigious surname Afonso. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Spain were patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Spanish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century and the most common patronymic suffix is ez. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. Some names are derived from the saints of the Christian Church, but many Spanish surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin.

Afonso Early Origins



The surname Afonso was first found in Leon, where the name originated in Visigothic times.

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Afonso Spelling Variations


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Afonso Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Alonso, Alfonso, Alefonso, Alifonso, Adefonso, Aldefonso, Adefonso, Afonso and many more.

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Afonso Early History


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Afonso Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Afonso research. Another 422 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1155, 1352, and 1519 are included under the topic Early Afonso History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Afonso Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Afonso Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable bearers of the family name Afonso was Pedro Alfonso, who translated the twelfth century "Scholar's Guide"; Juan Alfonso de Alburquerque, steward of King Peter I in the mid fourteenth century; Ferrand Alonso de Merlo, a nobleman mentioned in the...

Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Afonso Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Afonso Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Benigno Afonso, aged 25, who settled in America from das Chans, Spain, in 1916
  • Francisco Afonso, aged 20, who landed in America from Corgas Croas, Portugal, in 1920
  • Joao Dias Afonso, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Vagos, Portugal, in 1920
  • Jose Torres Afonso, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Funchal, Madeira, in 1920
  • Julio Afonso, aged 16, who landed in America from Estarreja, Portugal, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Afonso (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Afonso (post 1700)



  • Luís Afonso, Brazilian clarinetist and bass clarinetist
  • Nuno Miguel Figueiredo Afonso (b. 1974), Portuguese retired footballer
  • Ivo Rafael Brandão Afonso (b. 1975), Portuguese professional footballer
  • Yves Afonso (b. 1944), French actor
  • Nadir Afonso (1920-2013), Portuguese geometric abstractionist painter
  • Guilherme Afonso (b. 1985), professional footballer from Angola
  • Alex Afonso (b. 1981), Brazilian football forward

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