origin; that is, it was derived from the name of a place.
The surname Freitas was first found in Cete, in the mountainous north-west of Portugal. According to the "Armorial Lusitano," the Portuguese family of this name are descended from Goncalo Ouveques, founder of the monastery of Cete, and father of Diogo Goncalves de Urro, who fought under King Afonso Henrique of Portugal (1128-1185,) in the Battle of Campo de Ourique.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Antonio Freite, who came to Puerto Rico in 1816; John H. Freitas, who was naturalized in Philadelphia in 1836; Manuel M. Freitas, who arrived in Providence, RI in 1872.