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

The Spanish family name Neira is of ancient and noble descent, and is classified as being of habitation origin. In this particular instance, the name Neira was taken from the place named Neira. The etymology of the Galician word "neira" lies in the Basque term "nerea" meaning "bog of ferns."


Spelling variations of this family name include: Neira, Neyra and others.

First found in the northwestern province of Galicia, where the family held their ancestral seat. The first references to the name Neira are from the 10th century and mention the first title of nobility being granted to a family member.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Neira research. Another 364 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1541, 1595, and 1665 are included under the topic Early Neira History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 104 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Neira Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Neira Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Ruy De Neira, who arrived in America in 1827
  • Joaquin De Neira, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1840
  • Manuel Neira, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1858
  • Andres Neira, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1860


  • Álvaro de Mendaña de Neira (1542-1595), Spanish navigator
  • Marina Alabau Neira (b. 1985), Spanish sailor
  • Alonso Neira (b. 1913), Colombian sculptor
  • Juan Neira (b. 1989), Argentine football forward
  • Hernán Neira (b. 1960), Peruvian professor and writer born in Lima



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  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  11. ...

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

This page was last modified on 12 January 2014 at 10:57.

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