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From the historical and enchanting region of Spain emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Silveira family. The original bearer of the name Silveira, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. In Spain, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Silveira family originally lived in one of the numerous places named Silva, which are scattered throughout the provinces of Leon, Coruna, Lugo and Oviedo. The surname Silveira was derived from the Latin word "silva," which meant "wood."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Silva, Silvera and others.

First found in Leon and Galicia, important Christian kingdoms of mediaeval Spain.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Silveira research. Another 349 words (25 lines of text) covering the year 1796 is included under the topic Early Silveira History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 165 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Silveira Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jerónimo de Silva, who emigrated to Peru in 1560; Diego de Silva, to Peru in 1561; María de Silva, to Hispaniola in 1562; Juan de Silva Correa, to Florida in 1563.

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  • Milton Antone Silveira (1929-2013), American aerospace engineer, NASA's Chief Engineer (1983 to 1986), involved in Mercury, Gemini and Apollo flights, and contributed to the investigation into the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster
  • Juliana Silveira (b. 1980), Brazilian actress and singer
  • Onésimo Silveira (b. 1935), Cape Verdean politician and writer


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  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
  7. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
  8. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
  9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The Silveira Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Silveira 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 8 February 2016 at 21:35.

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