Monteiro History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Noble surnames, such as Monteiro, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Monteiro, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. In Spain, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Monteiro family originally lived in a mountainous region of that province. This local name was originally derived from the Spanish word monte, which means hill or wooded upland.
Early Origins of the Monteiro family
The surname Monteiro was first found in the Basque region of northern Spain in a hamlet near Berantevilla in Álava.
Early History of the Monteiro family
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Monteiro Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Montoya, de Montoya, Monte, Montes, de Montes, Móntez, Montez, Montero, Monteros, de los Monteros, Montecillo, Montejo, de Montejo, Mont, Montaña, Montana, Montaño and many more.
Early Notables of the Monteiro family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family were seventeenth century Spanish writer Román Montero Espinosa; nineteenth century Colombian military officer José Manuel Montoya; nineteenth century Spanish bullfighter Francisco Montes, known as "Paquiro"; nineteenth century Bolivian politician Ismael Montes; nineteenth century Spanish composer Juan de Montes...
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Migration of the Monteiro family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Francisco de Montejo (1479-1548), who voyaged to America with Pedrárias Dávila. He later accompanied Hernán Cortés to Mexico, and became Governor of Veracruz. Other early migrants to the New World included Pedro de los Monteros, who sailed to America in 1513.
Contemporary Notables of the name Monteiro (post 1700) +
- J. de S. Monteiro, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Fogo, 1884 
- Anthony Monteiro, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 3rd District, 1972 
- Antônio dos Santos Monteiro (b. 1954), Brazilian actor, director and writer
- António Monteiro (1972-1992), Portuguese sprint canoer at the 1992 Summer Olympics
- António Manuel Mascarenhas Gomes Monteiro (1944-1991), President of Cape Verde (1991 to 2001)
- Luís Miguel Brito Garcia Monteiro OIH (b. 1980), Portuguese footballer
- João Monteiro (1983-2012), Portuguese table tennis player at the 2012 Summer Olympics
- Jorge Filipe Monteiro dos Santos Lourenço (b. 1988), Portuguese footballer
- Vandré Sagrilo Monteiro (b. 1979), Brazilian footballer
- Thiago Farias Monte Monteiro (b. 1981), Brazilian four-time gold, silver and two-time bronze medalist table tennis player
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