Show ContentsGouveia History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished Portuguese surname Gouveia is of toponymic origin. Toponymic surnames are those names which derive their origin from the name of the place from which the original bearer hailed. In this instance the name Gouveia is derived from the place name "Gouveia", which is the name of a town located in Portugal.

Early Origins of the Gouveia family

The surname Gouveia was first found in the town of Gouveia in Portugal. The original bearer of the Gouveia surname was Fernao Nunes de Gouveia, who lived during the reign of King Joao I of Portugal in the 14th century.

Early History of the Gouveia family

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Gouveia Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gouveias, Govea and others.

Early Notables of the Gouveia family (pre 1700)

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Gouveia Ranking

In the United States, the name Gouveia is the 9,831st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Gouveia migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gouveia Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Francisco Mathias Gouveia, aged 48, who settled in America from Oliva Hospal, Portugal, in 1916
  • Abel Gouveia, aged 33, who settled in America from Porto Moz, Portugal, in 1916
  • Benjamin Gouveia, aged 19, who immigrated to America from Guarda, Portugal, in 1919
  • Antonio Gouveia, aged 23, who landed in America from Sto. A. Serra, Madeira, in 1920
  • Graziella Gouveia, aged 6, who immigrated to the United States from Sta. Cruz, Madeira, in 1920
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Contemporary Notables of the name Gouveia (post 1700) +

  • Kurt Keola Gouveia (b. 1964), former professional American football linebacker who played from 1986 to 2001, 2× Super Bowl champion (XXII, XXVI)
  • José Manuel Bastos Fialho Gouveia (1935-2004), Portuguese television entertainment pioneer and former radio host
  • José Eduardo Fialho Gouveia, Portuguese television presenter
  • Teodósio Clemente de Gouveia (1889-1962), Portuguese Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, Archbishop of Lourenço Marques in Mozambique (1940-1962)
  • Sandro de Gouveia (b. 1968), retired Namibian footballer
  • Antônio Carlos Aguilar Gouveia (b. 1965), Brazilian gold medalist volleyball player at the 1992 Summer Olympics
  • Portuense Gouveia, Portuguese painter

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