The long and noble heritage behind the name of Cordeira first began in medieval
. While the
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
surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Cordeira family, adopted the name of their
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.
, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.
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.
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.