Cordeira History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The long and noble heritage behind the name of Cordeira first began in medieval Spain. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in Spain, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Cordeira family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. The surname Cordeira was an occupational name for a shepherd. Further research showed the name was derived from the Spanish word Cordero, which means lamb.

Early Origins of the Cordeira family

The surname Cordeira was first found in Asturias, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.

Important Dates for the Cordeira family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cordeira research. Another 305 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1238, 1641 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Cordeira History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cordeira Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Cordero, Cordeiro, Cordera, Cordeira and others.

Early Notables of the Cordeira family (pre 1700)

Notable bearers of the family name Cordeira were seventeenth century dramatist Jacinto Cordero, who wrote plays in Spanish and Portuguese; eighteenth century Peruvian military officer Joaquín Cordero; and nineteenth...
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Migration of the Cordeira family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Juana Cordera, who sailed to America in 1516; Yñigo Cordero sailed to New Spain in 1536; and Juan Cordero sailed to Florida in 1538. nineteenth century migrants included Antonio Cordero, who sailed to New Orleans in 1858.

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