The surname Amaral is of local origin, that is, it is a surname derived from the place of origin of the initial bearer. In this case, the surname is derived from one of the many places name Amaral in Portugal. It is possible that the place name is derived from the same root as the Portuguese word "amaral," which denotes a type of black grape.
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^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)