Viera History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Portuguese surname Viera is derived from a place-name. The name probably arose independently from several different places names including Vieira do Minho, and Vieira de Leiria. The place-name is derived from the Portuguese word "vieira, " which means " escallop" or "shell."

Early Origins of the Viera family

The surname Viera was first found in the Minho province, North-Western Portugal, where Rui Vieira was a nobleman in the times of kings D. Afonso II and D. Sancho II of Portugal (circa 1220).

Early History of the Viera family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Viera research. Another 23 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1245, 1608, 1697, 1658, 1661, 1682 and 1745 are included under the topic Early Viera History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Viera Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Vieira, Vieiras, Viera and others.

Early Notables of the Viera family (pre 1700)

Prominent members of the family include Father Antonio Vieira (1608-1697) a Portuguese Jesuit orator and missionary. He was raised in Brazil, returned there as a missionary, before returning again to Portugal. He is considered the foremost Portuguese prose writer of 17th-century, as well as one of the great...
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United States Viera migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Viera Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joaquin Viera, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816 [1]
  • Antonio Viera, who arrived in Veragua in 1835 [1]
  • Diego Viera, who arrived in Nombre de Dios, Panama in 1835 [1]
  • Manuel Viera, who landed in Veragua in 1835 [1]
  • Beatriz Viera, who landed in Dominican Republic in 1836 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Viera (post 1700) +

  • Milton Viera Rivero (b. 1946), former Uruguayan footballer
  • Gessler Viera Abreu (b. 1985), Cuban gold medalist Taekwondo athlete at the 2007 World Championships
  • Ousmane Viera Diarrassouba (b. 1986), Ivorian footballer
  • Mario Sebastián Viera Galaín (b. 1983), Uruguayan professional footballer
  • Helvecia Viera (1928-2009), Chilean actress and comedian
  • Feliciano Alberto Viera Borges (1872-1927), Uruguayan politician, President of Uruguay (1915-1919)


  1. ^ 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)


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