Vieira History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Vieira can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Vieira came from the given name Olivero, which is further derived from the Latin words olivarius and olivo, which mean olive.

Early Origins of the Vieira family

The surname Vieira was first found in Bolgna (Latin: Bononia), the largest city and the capital of Emilia-Romagna Region. From the Vieira lineage in this city came many prominent individuals, such as an Oliviero, documented as Cardinal of S.R. Chiesa in 1436.

Early History of the Vieira family

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Vieira Spelling Variations

In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Vieira include Olivieri, Oliviero, Olivier, Oliveri, Olivero, Oliverio, Oliver, Ulivieri, Livieri, Liviero, Liverani, Vieri, Viero, Vier, Vierin and many more.

Early Notables of the Vieira family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Alessandro Oliverio, (1500-1544), born in Bergamo, a famous painter and follower of Palma Vecchio. Pietro Oliveri was President of the Court in Palermo in 1675; Michele Oliveri was the first Duke of Aquaviva, and held the position in 1686; the Oliveri family from Messina was officially...
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Vieira Ranking

In the United States, the name Vieira is the 4,587th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Vieira is ranked the 1,230th most popular surname with an estimated 4,555 people with that name. [2]


United States Vieira migration to the United States +

Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Vieira:

Vieira Settlers in 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 [3]
  • Antonio Vieira, who settled in Puerto Rico in 1867

Contemporary Notables of the name Vieira (post 1700) +

  • Ana Vieira (1940-2016), Portuguese artist
  • Jussiê Ferreira Vieira (b. 1983), commonly known as Jussiê, is a Brazilian footballer
  • João Bernardo "Nino" Vieira (1939-2009), President of Guinea-Bissau from 1980 to 1984
  • Carlos Adriano de Souza Vieira (b. 1977), Brazilian attacking midfielder, member of Brazilian squad in Qualifying at 2000 Summer Olympic Games
  • Cláudia Patrícia Figueira Vieira (b. 1978), Portuguese actress, model and television presenter
  • Álvaro Joaquim de Melo Siza Vieira GOSE, GCIH (b. 1933), Portuguese architect, and architectural educator
  • Alice Vieira (b. 1943), Portuguese children's book author
  • Alessandro Rosa Vieira (b. 1977), known as Falcão, a Brazilian football and futsal player
  • Adelino André Vieira de Freitas (b. 1986), commonly known as Vieirinha, a Portuguese footballer
  • Asia Vieira (b. 1982), Canadian actress, known for her role in the 1991 made-for-television Omen IV: The Awakening
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Alvaro Everett Vieira, American Seaman Second Class from Rhode Island, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [4]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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