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The surname Almeda 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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The surname Almeda 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.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Almeda 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 Almeda 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 Almeda 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: 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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  7. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla, Spain. Print.
  8. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
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