Almaida History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Almaida 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.

Early Origins of the Almaida family

The surname Almaida was first found in the town of Viseu, which is today known as Mangualde, a municipality in the subregion of Dão-Lafões in the central region of Portugal. Jose Fernandez de Almeida founded Azurara of Beira from 1223-1245. He was the 5th Lord of Pinheiro and Canela. The village of Almeida in the seventeenth century came to be called Almeidinha. One of the most notable of the name at this time was D. Francisco de Almeida, Viceroy.

Important Dates for the Almaida family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Almaida research. Another 41 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1223, 1245, 1480, 1508, 1450, 1510, 1480, 1508, 1580, 1646, 1722, 1752, 1572 and 1653 are included under the topic Early Almaida History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Almaida Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Almeida, De Almeida, Almaida and others.

Early Notables of the Almaida family (pre 1700)

Prominent members of the family include Lourenço de Almeida (c.1480-1508), a Portuguese explorer and military commander; Dom Francisco de Almeida (c.1450-1510), better known as "the Great Dom Francisco", he was a Portuguese nobleman, soldier and explorer; Lourenço de Almeida (c.1480-1508) was a Portuguese explorer and military commander; Manuel de Almeida (1580-1646), missionary to India, Ethiopia and Eritrea, he built a number of churches and monasteries; Francisco...
Another 66 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Almaida Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Almaida family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: a bearer of Almeida (no first name listed), who arrived in Peru in 1591; Domingo De Almeida, who came to Peru in 1580; Francisco Almeida, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816.

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