Albuquerque Look up Albuquerque at Dictionary.com
city in New Mexico, U.S., founded 1706 and named for Spanish administrator and viceroy of Mexico Francisco Fernández de la Cueva, Duque de Alburquerque (1617-1676); the name subsequently altered by association with Portuguese hero Alfonso de Albuquerque (1453-1515), famed in his day as a great conqueror and champion of Christianity. Both men were named from Alburquerque, a town in Spain close to the Portuguese border, the name of which means "white oak;" ultimately from Latin albus "white" (see alb) and quercus "oak" (see Quercus)