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

The surname Olmeda 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 Olmeda 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 Olmeda 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 Olmeda Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Olmeda Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Juan Olmeda, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1886

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  1. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  2. Zúquete, Afonso Eduardo Martins. Armorial Lusitano. Lisboa: Editoria Enciclopédia, 1961. Print.
  3. 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).
  4. Diez, Ma Del Carmen Galbis. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias Durante los siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Archivo General de Indias Sevilla Volume 6. Murcia, Spain: Ministerio de Cultura, 1986. Print.
  5. Marques A. H. De Oliveira. History of Portugal. New York: Columbia University Press, 1972. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Guiseppi, Montague Spencer, edition. Naturalizations of Foreign Protestants in the American and West Indian Colonies. Mancester, England: The Huguenot Soceity of London, 1921. Print.
  8. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla, Spain. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Olmeda Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Olmeda 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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