Show ContentsCordeiro History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The long and noble heritage behind the name of Cordeiro 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 Cordeiro family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. The surname Cordeiro 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 Cordeiro family

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

Early History of the Cordeiro family

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Cordeiro Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Cordeiro family

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Cordeiro Ranking

In the United States, the name Cordeiro is the 6,090th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]


United States Cordeiro migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cordeiro Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Joao Cordeiro, aged 43, arrived in New York City, New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Goa" from Lisbon, Portugal [2]
  • Firmino M. Cordeiro, aged 33, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Guaratuba" from Bordeaux, France [2]
  • F. Cordeiro, originally from Porta Vedro, Spain, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Neuse" from Genoa, Italy [2]
  • Joaquim da Costa Cordeiro, originally from Parado, Portugal, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Royal George" from Southampton, England [2]
  • Angel Cordeiro Villar, aged 33, originally from Cangas, Spain, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Mongolia" from Vigo, Spain [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cordeiro (post 1700) +

  • Reinaldo Maria Cordeiro MBE SBS (1924-2023), known professionally as Uncle Ray, a Hong Kong broadcaster, disc jockey and actor, known for hosting All the Way with Ray on RTHK Radio 3 from 1970 to 2021, the longest-running radio program in Hong Kong
  • Joseph Marie Anthony Cordeiro (1918-1994), first Pakistani cardinal
  • Vera Cordeiro (b. 1950), Brazilian entrepreneur and physician
  • Vasco Ilídio Alves Cordeiro (b. 1973), Portuguese politician, President of the Regional Government of the Azores (2012-)
  • Manuel Cordeiro (b. 1983), Portuguese football manager since 2005
  • André Cordeiro (b. 1974), Brazilian two-time fold medalist freestyle swimmer
  • André Luiz Pessanha Cordeiro (b. 1967), Brazilian five-time gold medalist water polo goalkeeper
  • Anselmo Cordeiro da Mata (b. 1981), better known as Anselmo Ralph, an Angolan singer
  • Márcio Cordeiro de Paula (b. 1993), known as Márcio Cordeiro, a Brazilian footballer


  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?". NameCensus.com, https://namecensus.com/last-names/
  2. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from https://heritage.statueofliberty.org/passenger-result


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