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Topete is a Portuguese and Spanish surname, which derives from the Portuguese topete, meaning "quiff" and "cockscomb". [1] The name may refer to:

Portuguese language Romance language that originated in Portugal

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Spanish language Romance language

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Quiff hairstyle

The quiff is a hairstyle that combines the 1950s pompadour hairstyle, the 1950s flattop, and sometimes a mohawk. The hairstyle was a staple in the British 'Teddy Boy' movement, but became popular again in Europe in the early 1980s and faced a resurgence in popularity during the 1990s.

Juan Bautista Topete Prime Minister of Spain

Juan Bautista Topete y Carballo, Spanish admiral and politician.

Pascual Cervera y Topete Spanish admiral

Admiral Pascual Cervera y Topete was a prominent Spanish naval officer with the rank of Almirante (admiral) who served in a number of high positions within the Spanish Navy and had fought in several wars during the 19th century. Having served in Morocco, the Philippines, and Cuba, he went on to be Spain's naval minister, chief of naval staff, naval attaché in London, the captain of several warships, and most notably, commander of the Cuba Squadron during the Spanish–American War. Although he believed that the Spanish Navy was suffering from multiple problems and that there was no chance for victory over the United States Navy, Cervera took command of the squadron and fought in a last stand during the Battle of Santiago de Cuba.

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  1. Dictionary of American Family Names. "Topete Family History", Oxford University Press, 2013. Retrieved on 16 January 2016.