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The Spanish family name Neira is of ancient and noble descent, and is classified as being of habitation origin. In this particular instance, the name Neira was taken from the place named Neira. The etymology of the Galician word "neira" lies in the Basque term "nerea" meaning "bog of ferns."

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The surname Neira was first found in the northwestern province of Galicia, where the family held their ancestral seat. The first references to the name Neira are from the 10th century and mention the first title of nobility being granted to a family member.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Neira, Neyra and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Neira research. Another 364 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1541, 1595, and 1665 are included under the topic Early Neira History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 104 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Neira Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Neira Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Ruy De Neira, who arrived in America in 1827
  • Joaquin De Neira, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1840
  • Manuel Neira, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1858
  • Andres Neira, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1860

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  • Marina Alabau Neira (b. 1985), Spanish sailor
  • Álvaro de Mendaña de Neira (1542-1595), Spanish navigator
  • Hernán Neira (b. 1960), Peruvian professor and writer born in Lima
  • Juan Neira (b. 1989), Argentine football forward
  • Alonso Neira (b. 1913), Colombian sculptor


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  2. Diez, Ma Del Carmen Galbis. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias Durante los siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Archivo General de Indias Sevilla Volume 6. Murcia, Spain: Ministerio de Cultura, 1986. Print.
  3. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  6. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
  7. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Neira Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Neira Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 24 October 2014 at 22:16.

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