The distinguished surname Ribeira is a proud sign of a rich and ancient ancestry. The name was originally derived from the Castilian word "rivera," which means "riverbank." Thus it is quite probable that the first families to take on Ribeira as a surname lived near the banks of a river.
Early Origins of the Ribeira family
The surname Ribeira was first found in Castile
, the kingdom that led the Reconquest of the peninsula from the Muslims, in medieval times.
Early History of the Ribeira family
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Ribeira Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Rivera, Ribera, Ribeira, Rivero, Ribero, Ribeiro and others.
Early Notables of the Ribeira family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family were Ruy Páez de Ribera, 15th century lyric poet; Suero de Ribera, a contemporary of Ruy and also a poet; Diego de Rivera, one of the noblemen asked by Princess (later Queen) Isabella to announce to her brother King Henry her marriage to Ferdinand of... Another 58 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ribeira Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ribeira family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Hernando de Ribera, who voyaged to Brazil and Argentina with Sebastian Cabot in the 1520s. Also of note was Gabriel de Ribera, who accompanied Ló.