The Spanish and Catalan surname Pinto is a nickname from pinto meaning “colorful, or painted.” When found in the province of Catalonia the name is of occupational origin denoting a painter. The name may also be a habitational name from the town of Pinto near Madrid. The name is first recorded in Granada in southern Spain in the 15th Century. The name is first recorded in the New World as early as 1555 when Baltasar Pinto arrived in Chile. A notable bearer of the name was Ignacio Carrera Pinto gthe 19th Century Chilean hero who was of Basque descent.
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