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

From the historical and enchanting region of Spain emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Silveira family. The original bearer of the name Silveira, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. In Spain, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Silveira family originally lived in one of the numerous places named Silva, which are scattered throughout the provinces of Leon, Coruna, Lugo and Oviedo. The surname Silveira was derived from the Latin word "silva," which meant "wood."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Silva, Silvera and others.

First found in Leon and Galicia, important Christian kingdoms of mediaeval Spain.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Silveira research. Another 349 words(25 lines of text) covering the year 1796 is included under the topic Early Silveira History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 165 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Silveira 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: Jerónimo de Silva, who emigrated to Peru in 1560; Diego de Silva, to Peru in 1561; María de Silva, to Hispaniola in 1562; Juan de Silva Correa, to Florida in 1563.

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  • Milton Antone Silveira (1929-2013), American aerospace engineer, NASA's Chief Engineer (1983 to 1986), involved in Mercury, Gemini and Apollo flights, and contributed to the investigation into the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster
  • Onésimo Silveira (b. 1935), Cape Verdean politician and writer
  • Juliana Silveira (b. 1980), Brazilian actress and singer


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  4. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  8. 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.
  9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
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The Silveira Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Silveira 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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