Meaning and Origin of: Vieira

Family name origins & meanings

  • Galician and Portuguese : religious byname from Portuguesevieria ‘scallop’ (Late Latin veneria, a derivative of the name of Venus; the goddess was often depicted riding on a scallop). The scallop was a symbol of the pilgrim who had been to the shrine of Santiago de Compostela.
  • Galician and Portuguese : habitational name from any of numerous minor places called Vieiria.