Show ContentsAlmedia History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Almedia 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 Almedia family

The surname Almedia 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.

Early History of the Almedia family

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Almedia Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Almedia family

Prominent members of the family include

  • John Almedia (1572-1653), was a London-born, Jesuit missionary whose real name was Meade. "At the age of ten he was taken, apparently without the consent of his parents, to Viana in Portugal, where he...

Migration of the Almedia 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. on Facebook