The Portuguese surname Vieiras is derived from a place-name. The name probably arose independently from several different places names including Vieira do Minho, and Vieira de Leiria. The place-name is derived from the Portuguese word "vieira, " which means " escallop" or "shell."
Early Origins of the Vieiras family
The surname Vieiras was first found in the Minho province, North-Western Portugal, where Rui Vieira was a nobleman in the times of kings D. Afonso II and D. Sancho II of Portugal (circa 1220).
Early History of the Vieiras family
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Early Notables of the Vieiras family (pre 1700)
Prominent members of the family include Father Antonio Vieira (1608-1697) a Portuguese Jesuit orator and missionary. He was raised in Brazil, returned there as a missionary, before returning again to Portugal. He is considered the foremost Portuguese prose writer of 17th-century, as well as one of the great... Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vieiras Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Vieiras family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Joaquim S. Vieira, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1848; Antonio Vieira, who settled in Puerto Rico in 1867; and Manuel Vieira, who was on record in California in 1860..