Pereira (surname)

Pereira (surname)

Pereira is a common surname in the Portuguese and Galician languages, namely in Portugal, Brazil, and Galicia. It was originally a noble Christian toponym of the Middle Ages, taken from the feudal possession of Pereira (Barcelos), which in Portuguese means 'pear tree'. The name also exists in variations such as "Pereyra", "Perera", "Perreira" and others. In Portugal there are some families with variations of the name although Pereira is by far the most common. The variants of this name are more commonly found in other countries such as Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, India (specifically Goa), and Sri Lanka. "Pereire", for example, is a French variant. Many Portuguese immigrants to the United States, especially Massachusetts, chose to "Americanize" their surname to Perry.



*Benedict Pereira, a jesuit priest.
*Dylon Pereira, arrived in Australia on the First Fleet
*Steve Pereira, British born editor, poet and writer
*Baron Diego Pereira D' Aguilar, Jewish financier
*Duarte Pacheco Pereira, Portuguese explorer
*Fernando Pereira, Dutch photographer
*Jacob Rodrigues Pereira, one of the inventors of manual language for the deaf
*João Gilberto Prado Pereira de Oliveira, Brazilian musician
*Jonathan Pereira, British pharmacologist
*Jose Manuel Pereira, Portuguese-Canadian intellectual
*Kevin Pereira, American TV host
*Manuel Pereira (1604-1667), Portuguese sculptor
*Marco Pereira, Brazilian musician
*Michaela Pereira, Canadian television personality
*Nuno Álvares Pereira, beatified Portuguese medieval general
*Sam Pereira, American poet
*Soeiro Pereira Gomes, Portuguese writer
*William Pereira, American architect


*Anália de Victória Pereira, Angolan politician
*Aristides Pereira, Cape Verdean politician
*Fernando "Cobo" Pereira, officer of São Tomé and Príncipe
*Gabriel Antonio Pereira, Uruguayan political figure
*António Pestana Garcia Pereira, Portuguese lawyer and politician
*Henrique Pereira Rosa, politician from Guinea-Bissau
*José Maria Pereira Neves, Cape Verdean politician
*José Pacheco Pereira, Portuguese politician and intellectual
*Tomás Romero Pereira, Paraguayan politician
*Venceslau Brás Pereira Gomes, Brazilian politician

Dance and Music

*Américo Pereira, Tex Perry and the Ramblers
*Erica Pereira, New York City Ballet dancer
*Steve Perry (Pereira) from Journey


*Jackie Pereira, Australian field hockey striker
*James Pereira, Brazilian boxer
*Nuno Miguel Soares Pereira Ribeiro Gomes, Portuguese football player
*Nuno Jorge Pereira Silva Valente, Portuguese football player
*Ricardo Pereira, Portuguese football player
*Thiago Pereira, Brazilian swimmer
*Vítor Melo Pereira, Portuguese football referee
*Mike Pereira, (NFL) Vice President of Officiating

ee also

*Pereira da Silva

External links

* [ Origin of the Pereira surname in Portuguese genealogical site]


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