The Portuguese surname Vieira 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."
The surname Vieira 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).
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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 Vieira Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.