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PronunciationEuropean Portuguese: [ˈlop(ɨ)ʃ], Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈlopis]
Meaning"son of Mexo" (Wolf)
Region of originPortuguese
Other names
Variant form(s)López (Spanish), Lupo (Italian), Loup (French), Lupu (Romanian)

Lopes is a surname of Portuguese origin. It was originally a Patronymic, meaning Son of Lopo, itself being derived from Latin lupus, meaning wolf. Its Spanish equivalent is López, its Italian equivalent is Lupo, its French equivalent is Loup, and its Romanian equivalent is Lupu or Lupescu.

Geographical distribution[edit]

As of 2014, 72.6% of all known bearers of the surname Lopes were residents of Brazil (frequency 1:133), 8.4% of Angola (1:150), 5.2% of Portugal (1:94), 4.2% of Mozambique (1:306), 3.2% of Guinea-Bissau (1:25), 1.4% of Cape Verde (1:18), 1.0% of East Timor (1:56) and 1.0% of France (1:3,106).

In Brazil, the frequency of the surname was higher than national average (1:133) in the following states:[1]