The noble Portuguese surname Rapoza is of nickname origin, as it is derived from a physical or personal characteristic of the original bearer. In this instance, the surname Rapoza comes directly from the Portuguese word "Rapoza," translated as "male fox" and in turn derived from the Portuguese "raboso" meaning "tail," with reference to the beautiful furry tail of that animal.
Early Origins of the Rapoza family
The surname Rapoza was first found in the regions of Portugal. The Rapoza family were descended from the barons of Meneses and prospered throughout the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Rapoza family
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Rapoza Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Raposos, Raposa, Raposas, Rapoza, Rapozo and others.
Early Notables of the Rapoza family (pre 1700)
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