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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Afonso

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From Old Portuguese Afonso, from Medieval Latin Alphonsus, from Gothic *𐌰𐌸𐌰𐌻𐍃 (*aþals, “noble”) + *𐍆𐌿𐌽𐍃 (*funs, “ready”). Compare Spanish Alfonso.

  1. A male given name, equivalent to English Alfonso and Alphonse
  2. A surname​.

Notable Persons Named Afonso

Afonso de Albuquerque was an admiral, list of governors of portuguese india, and duke of goa. He holds the title Governor, Captain-General of the Seas of IndiaViceroy of IndiaFirst Duke of Goa, and List of governors of Portuguese India. He was most active from 1515 to 1515. Afonso was born in Vila Franca de Xira. He left this life on December 16th, 1515.


Afonso I was royalty. He was most prominent from 1139 to 1185. Afonso was born as the child of Henry, Count of Portugal, Theresa, and Countess of Portugal on July 25th, 1109 in Coimbra, Guimarães or Viseu, County of Portugal. He passed away on December 6th, 1185.


Afonso Alves is a soccer player for the Clube Atlético Mineiro, Örgryte IS, Malmö FF, SC Heerenveen, Middlesbrough F.C., Al Sadd SC, Al-Rayan SC, Al-Gharafa Sports Club, and Brazil national football team. Afonso was born on January 30th, 1981 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.


Afonso V was royalty. His most notable accomplishments were from 1438 to present. Afonso was born as the child of Edward, King of Portugal, Eleanor of Aragon, and Queen of Portugal on January 15th, 1432 in Sintra National Palace. He passed away on August 28th, 1481.


Afonso III was royalty. He was most prominent from 1248 to 1279. Afonso was born as the child of Afonso II of Portugal, Urraca of Castile, and Queen of Portugal on May 5th, 1210 in Coimbra. He passed away on February 16th, 1279.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Afonso

He holds the title Prince Imperial of Brazil. Afonso was born as the child of Pedro II of Brazil and Teresa Cristina of the Two Sicilies on February 23rd, 1845 in Paço de São Cristóvão. Afonso is also known as Afonso Pedro de Alcântara Cristiano Leopoldo Filipe Eugênio Miguel Gabriel Rafael Gonzaga (full name). He died on June 11th, 1847.


Zeca Afonso was a fado singing. Zeca was given the name José Manuel Cerqueira Afonso dos Santos on August 2nd, 1929. Zeca is also known as Zeca Afonso. He left this life on February 23rd, 1987.


He holds the title Prince Imperial of Brazil. Pedro was born as the child of Pedro II of Brazil and Teresa Cristina of the Two Sicilies on July 19th, 1848 in Paço de São Cristóvão. He breathed his last breath on January 10th, 1850.


Nadir Afonso was a in the fields of painting and architecture. Nadir was given the name Nadir Afonso Rodrigues on December 4th, 1920 in Chaves, Portugal. He died on December 11th, 2013.


Kelly Key is a pop music musician. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2001 to 2001. Kelly was given the name Kelly de Almeida Afonso on March 3rd, 1983 in Rio de Janeiro. Kelly is also known as Kelly Key.


Infante Afonso was royalty. He holds the title Duke of Porto. Infante was born as the child of Luís I of Portugal and Maria Pia of Savoy on July 31st, 1865 in Ajuda Royal Palace, Lisbon, Kingdom of Portugal. He left this life on February 21st, 1920.


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Popularity of Afonso as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Afonso U.S.
  White 78.75% 64.26%
  African American 5.84% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.41% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 9.73% 16.26%

Of Last Name Afonso

People with the last name Afonso are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Afonso

  • How Popular is the name Afonso? Afonso is the 86,124th most popular name of all time. As a last name Afonso was the 21,260th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Afonso have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5 babies born with the first name Afonso in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Afonso? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2006 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Afonso first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Afonso is Monday, March 4th, 1889.
  • What year had the most people named Afonso born? The highest recorded use of the first name Afonso was in 2006 with a total of 5 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Afonso: Your name in reverse order is Osnofa. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ofsoan. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Afonso? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,233 people with the last name Afonso.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Afonso? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Afonso as their last name since less than 1 person in 238k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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