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Where did the Portuguese Vieira family come from? What is the Portuguese Vieira family crest and coat of arms? When did the Vieira family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Vieira family history?

The Portuguese surname Vieira is derived from a place-name. The name probably arose independently from several different places names including Vieira do Minho, and Vieira de Leiria. The place-name is derived from the Portuguese word "vieira, " which means " escallop" or "shell."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Vieira, Vieiras, Viera and others.

First found in the Minho province, North-Western Portugal, where Rui Vieira was a nobleman in the times of kings D. Afonso II and D. Sancho II of Portugal (circa 1220).


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vieira research. Another 45 words(3 lines of text) covering the years 1245, 1608, 1697, 1658 and 1661 are included under the topic Early Vieira History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 109 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vieira Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vieira Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Joaquim S. Vieira, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1848
  • Manuel Vieira, who was on record in California in 1860
  • Antonio Vieira, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1867
  • Antonio Vieira, who settled in Puerto Rico in 1867

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  • Antonio Vieira (1608-1697), Portuguese ecclesiastic
  • Vasco Rocha Vieira (b. 1939), Portuguese administrator and army officer, Governor of Macau 1991-99
  • Leonel Vieira (b. 1969), Portuguese film director
  • Asia Vieira (b. 1982), Canadian actress
  • Carlos Adriano de Souza Vieira (b. 1977), Brazilian author
  • Luís Filipe Vieira (b. 1949), Portuguese footballer


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  1. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 19676. Print.
  2. Marques A. H. De Oliveira. History of Portugal. New York: Columbia University Press, 1972. Print.
  3. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla, Spain. Print.
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Vieira Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vieira Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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