Pereira History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Pereira is of local origin, that is, it is a surname derived from the place of origin of the initial bearer. In this case, the surname is derived from one of several places so named in Portugal. The name is derived from the Spanish word "Pera," which means "pear."

Early Origins of the Pereira family

The surname Pereira was first found in Northern Portugal near the Spanish border. The ancestors of the bearers of this name are thought to descend from Don Mendo "irmao" of Desiderio, King of the Lombards. After a great storm at sea, five of his knights arrived at a port in Galicia, Spain in 740. One of the earliest records of the surname is of Don Alvaro Pires de Castro, who, in 1177 was given lands in Palmeira in the province of Entre Douro by King Sancho I.

Early History of the Pereira family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pereira research. Another 64 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1360, 1431, 1383, 1385, 1433, 1588, 1683, 1535, 1610, 1591, 1954, 1655, 1645 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Pereira History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pereira Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pereira, Perera, Perreira and others.

Early Notables of the Pereira family (pre 1700)

Prominent members of the family include Pedro Homem Pereira, the 17th and last Captain-major of Portuguese Ceylon (1591-1954); Marcos Soares Pereira (died 1655), a Portuguese composer...
Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pereira Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pereira World Ranking

In the United States, the name Pereira is the 1,940th most popular surname with an estimated 17,409 people with that name. [1] However, in Canada, the name Pereira is ranked the 464th most popular surname with an estimated 10,309 people with that name. [2] And in Quebec, Canada, the name Pereira is the 922nd popular surname. [3] France ranks Pereira as 162nd with 19,991 people. [4]


United States Pereira migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pereira Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Simon Pereira, who immigrated to Chile in 1555
  • Simon Pereira, who settled in Chile in 1555
  • Guiomar Pereira, who sailed to New Spain in 1562
  • Guimar Pereira, who is on record in New Spain in 1562
  • Blasina de Pereira, who settled in New Spain in 1596
Pereira Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Abraham Pereira, who arrived in New York in 1715 [5]
  • Manuel Pereira, who was registered as a "servant or apprentice" in Philadelphia in 1746
  • Manuel Pereira, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [5]
  • Josef Pereira, who immigrated to Louisiana in 1779
Pereira Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jacinto Pereira, who landed in New Orleans in 1823
  • Jacinto Pereira, aged 20, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1823 [5]
  • Christobal Pereira, aged 32, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1835 [5]
  • Juan Antonio Pereira, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1848 [5]
  • Rose Pereira, aged 26, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1856 [5]
Pereira Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Agostircho Pereira, aged 28, who immigrated to America from St Michael's, in 1906
  • Adelino Bio Pereira, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States from Lavos, Portugal, in 1908
  • Albino Pereira, aged 24, who landed in America from Sabbadim, Portugal, in 1913
  • Abilio Pereira, aged 21, who settled in America from Villerinho, Portugal, in 1916
  • Agustin Pereira, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States from Calamanca, Spain, in 1917
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Pereira migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [6]
Pereira Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century
  • Esther Lopes Pereira, who was naturalized in Jamaica in 1745
  • Esther Lopes Pereira, who arrived in Jamaica in 1745 [5]
  • Rachel Fernandes Pereira, who landed in Jamaica in 1746 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pereira (post 1700) +

  • Kevin Pereira (b. 1982), American game show host and TV personality
  • William Leonard Pereira (1909-1985), American architect
  • Irene Rice Pereira (1907-1971), American abstract painter
  • Stephen E. Pereira, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1968 [7]
  • Maximiliano Rodrigo Pereira Cardozo (1993-2020), Uruguayan professional footballer who played as a defender in 160 matches
  • Jacques Pereira (1955-2020), known simply as Jacques, a Portuguese professional footballer who played as a striker
  • Dr. Anthony Wynne Pereira M.B.E., British recipient of Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to UK/Brazil relations [8]
  • Renan Martins Pereira (d. 2017), known as Renanzinho or simply Renan, a Brazilian footballer
  • Jonathan Pereira (1804-1853), English pharmacologist born at Shoreditch, London
  • Francelino Pereira dos Santos (1921-2017), Brazilian politician, Governor of Minas Gerais from 1979 to 1983
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ https://forebears.io/surnames/
  3. ^ https://statistique.quebec.ca/fr/document/noms-de-famille-au-quebec/tableau/les-1-000-premiers-noms-de-famille-selon-le-rang-quebec
  4. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 31 October 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1


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