Pereyra History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Pereyra 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 Pereyra family

The surname Pereyra 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 Pereyra family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pereyra 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 Pereyra History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pereyra Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Pereyra 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 Pereyra Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pereyra World Ranking

In the United States, the name Pereyra is the 9,411st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1] However, in South America, the name Pereyra is ranked the 72nd most popular surname with an estimated 63 people with that name. [2]


United States Pereyra migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pereyra Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Juan Pereyra, who arrived in New Orleans in 1853
  • Juan Pereyra, aged 29, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1853 [3]
  • Valentin Pereyra, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1860 [3]
  • Valentine Pereyra, who immigrated to Puerto Rico in 1860

Contemporary Notables of the name Pereyra (post 1700) +

  • Marianela Pereyra (b. 1979), American model, actress, television personality
  • Luis Pereyra (b. 1965), Argentine dancer and choreographer of Tango Argentino
  • Roberto Maximiliano Pereyra (b. 1991), Argentine footballer
  • Gonzalo Rodriguez Pereyra (b. 1969), British Philosopher born in Argentina
  • Juan Isidro Jimenes Pereyra (1846-1919), Dominican political figure
  • Luciano Pereyra (b. 1981), Argentine singer
  • Julio César Pereyra (b. 1951), mayor of Florencio Varela, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Nydia Pereyra (b. 1916), Uruguayan composer, pianist, and music educator
  • Hernan Pereyra (b. 1970), Argentine cricketer
  • Alfonso Darío Pereyra (b. 1956), Uruguayan former footballer
  • ... (Another 4 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://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_common_surnames_in_South_America
  3. ^ 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)


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