Frequent question: Why do Indian people have Portuguese surnames?

What is the most common Portuguese surname?

Most common surnames in Portugal and Brazil

Order Surname Frequency %
1 Silva 9,44%
2 Santos 5,96%
3 Ferreira 5,25%
4 Pereira 4,88%

Who ruled Goa before the Portuguese?

It was ruled by the Kadamba dynasty from the 2nd century ce to 1312 and by Muslim invaders of the Deccan from 1312 to 1367. The city was then annexed by the Hindu kingdom of Vijayanagar and was later conquered by the Bahmanī sultanate, which founded Old Goa on the island in 1440.

Why do Goans have Portuguese surnames?

The Portuguese surnames like Rodrigues and Carvalho are common found among Goan Catholics due to the former Portuguese province of Goa, India and generally follow the second declension.

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