MacHado History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The MacHado surname comes from the Portuguese word "machado," which means "axe." Family legend has it that in Medieval Portugal in 1147, after the Moors had taken the castle at Santarem, the Portuguese attacked the castle. Mendo Moniz and his two sons Pedro and Nono Mendes beat down the door with their hatchets and were the first to enter the besieged castle. In honor of the valiant deed, one of Pedro's sons, Martim Pires, was called "Machado" as a nickname, which was then taken on as the family surname. Martim lived during the reign of Alfonso II (1152-96), and was married to Maria Moniz.

Early Origins of the MacHado family

The surname MacHado was first found in Portugal.

Early History of the MacHado family

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MacHado Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Machado, Machados and others.

Early Notables of the MacHado family (pre 1700)

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United States MacHado migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

MacHado Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francisco Machado, who landed in America in 1816 [1]
  • Martin Machado, who landed in Dominican Republic in 1836 [1]
  • Melchor Machado, who arrived in Guatemala in 1838 [1]
  • Joaquin Machado, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1840 [1]
  • Cayetano Machado, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1855 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name MacHado (post 1700) +

  • Aldenay Vasallo Machado (b. 1977), Cuban gold medalist hammer thrower at the Central American and Caribbean Games (1998)
  • Mario Jose de Souza Machado (1935-2013), American eight-time Emmy Award-winning television and radio broadcaster
  • Michael J. Machado, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2000 [2]
  • Lucrecia Machado, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Florida, 1992 [2]
  • Octávio Machado, Portuguese football player and coach
  • Waldo Machado da Silva (1934-2019), known simply as Waldo, a Brazilian footballer who played as a forward from 1953 to 1971, member of the Brazil National Team in 1960
  • Luis Alberto Machado (1932-2016), Venezuelan lawyer, author, Secretary of the Presidency (1969-1974), Minister of Intellectual Development of Venezuela (1979-1984)
  • Gerardo Machado (1871-1939), President of Cuba (1925-33)
  • Robert Alexis Machado (b. 1973), Venezuelan Major League Baseball player
  • Antonio Machado (1875-1939), Spanish writer


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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