The surname Perreira 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 Perreira family
The surname Perreira 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
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 Perreira family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Perreira 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 Perreira History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Perreira Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Perreira 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 Perreira Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Perreira family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Guimar Pereira, who is on record in New Spain
in 1562; Simon Pereira, who came to Chile in 1555; Esther Lopes Pereira, who was naturalized in Jamaica in 1745.