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

The surname Almeda is of local origin, that is, it is a surname derived from the place of origin of the initial bearer. In this case, the surname is derived from one of several places so named in Portugal (northeast area). The name is derived from the Arabic words "al ma'ida," meaning a plateau. One of the earliest records of the surname is that of one Jose Fernandez de Almeida who founded a town of the same name in 1258.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Almeida, De Almeida, Almaida and others.

First found in the district of Guard near the Spanish border.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Almeda research. Another 81 words(6 lines of text) covering the years 1223, 1245, 1480, 1508, 1450, 1510, 1480, 1508, 1580, 1646, 1722 and 1752 are included under the topic Early Almeda History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 139 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Almeda Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: a bearer of Almeida (no first name listed), who arrived in Peru in 1591; Domingo De Almeida, who came to Peru in 1580; Francisco Almeida, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816.

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The Almeda Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Almeda 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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