Azevedo History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Noble surnames, such as Azevedo, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Azevedo, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. In Spain, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. Many Spanish local names reflect Arabic words or place-names because the Muslim Moors occupied Spain from the 8th to the 12th century. The Azevedo family originally lived beside an area of holly-bushes. The surname Azevedo was originally derived from the Old Spanish word Azevo which meant "holly."

Early Origins of the Azevedo family

The surname Azevedo was first found in Galicia, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.

Acebedo is a municipality located in the northeast of the province of Leon, Castile and Leon, Spain and a village in Alava, Spain.

Early History of the Azevedo family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Azevedo research. Another 327 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1139, 1037 and 1085 are included under the topic Early Azevedo History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Azevedo Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Acevedo, de Acevedo, Aceveda, Aceval, Aceves, de Aceves, Acebedo, de Acebedo, Acebeda, Acebo, Azebedo, de Azebedo, Azevedo and many more.

Early Notables of the Azevedo family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family were Juan Acevedo, a sixteenth century Spanish soldier who later became a missionary in Mexico; sixteenth century Spanish artist Cristóbal de Acevedo; seventeenth century Governor of Cuba Juan de Acevedo; eighteenth century Spanish military officer Manuel Jacinto de Acevedo y Navia; nineteenth century Argentinian lawyer and patriot...
Another 52 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Azevedo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Azevedo migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Azevedo Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Juan de Azevedo, who sailed to Florida in 1538

Contemporary Notables of the name Azevedo (post 1700) +

  • Clarence L. Azevedo, American politician, Mayor of Sacramento, California, 1956-59 [1]
  • João Mendonça Azevedo (1915-1991), Portuguese football goalkeeper
  • Sérgio Azevedo (b. 1968), Portuguese composer of contemporary classical music
  • Waldir Azevedo (1923-1980), Brazilian musician
  • Admiral José Baptista Pinheiro de Azevedo (1917-1983), Portuguese political figure, and revolutionary, prime minister of Portugal between (1975-1976)
  • Artur Nabantino Gonçalves de Azevedo (1855-1908), Brazilian writer
  • Manuel Antônio Álvares de Azevedo (1831-1852), Brazilian author of short stories, dramas, poetry and essays
  • Rubem Azevedo Alves (1933-2014), Brazilian theologian, philosopher, educator, writer and psychoanalyst


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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