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The surname Perera 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."

Perera Early Origins



The surname Perera 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.

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Perera Spelling Variations


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Perera Spelling Variations



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

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Perera Early History


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Perera Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Perera research. Another 127 words (9 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 Perera History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Perera Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Perera Early Notables (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 Perera Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Perera Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Isaac Perera, who landed in America in 1679

Perera Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Bernarda Perera, who came to New Orleans from the Canary Islands in 1779

Perera Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alonso Perera, who arrived in Venezuela in 1834
  • Lorenza Perera, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1857

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Contemporary Notables of the name Perera (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Perera (post 1700)



  • Bethann Perera, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 2008
  • Cyril C. Perera (1923-2016), Sri Lankan author
  • José Jesús Perera López (b. 1980), Spanish footballer
  • Suresh Perera (b. 1978), Sri Lankan cricketer
  • Franck Perera (b. 1984), French race car driver

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    2. Zúquete, Afonso Eduardo Martins. Armorial Lusitano. Lisboa: Editoria Enciclopédia, 1961. Print.
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
    8. Guiseppi, Montague Spencer, edition. Naturalizations of Foreign Protestants in the American and West Indian Colonies. Mancester, England: The Huguenot Soceity of London, 1921. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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    The Perera Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Perera 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 7 September 2016 at 15:31.

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