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Luso-Americans are Americans having ancestry or origins in Portugal or in the Portuguese-speaking world. The prefix Luso- indicates a relation to Lusitania, Portugal, the Portuguese people, or the Portuguese language. "Luso" is a Late Latin prefix used to denote Portuguese in conjunction with another toponym or demonym. The word "Luso" is derived from Lusitania, the Latin name for the ancient Roman province that included approximately all of modern Portugal south of the Douro river (as well as the present autonomous community of Extremadura and a small part of the province of Salamanca in modern Spain). The term "Luso" is often used alone, both in Portuguese-speaking and non-Portuguese-speaking countries, to refer to people of Portuguese descent and to refer to areas influenced by Portugal in language and culture.
Luso-American ethnic group in the United States
This usage originated in the discussion of the history of Portuguese-speaking people in the United States. While many Luso-Americans are traditionally Roman Catholic, there is also a substantial community of Luso-American Jews that has existed since colonial times. The term Luso was generally used for people of Portuguese-American heritage, origin, or background language in magazines, Fraternal Societies and private Portuguese institutions
Luso-Americans and Portuguese-speaking Americans can be found in all states and there are sizable Luso-American communities in California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, New York, Hawaii, Florida, Delaware and Virginia. In total, the members of this community may be more than 3.5 million Americans. Two United States counties, namely Bristol County, Rhode Island and Bristol County, Massachusetts, are home to pluralities of people of Portuguese ancestry. There was dense Portuguese settlement in the Salinas and San Joaquin Valleys in California, namely the cities of Los Banos and Hollister.
In September 1654, shortly before the Jewish New Year, twenty-three Portuguese Jews from Recife, Brazil - where they had sided with the Dutch rule which on that year came to an end - arrived in New York, which at the time was under Dutch rule and known as New Amsterdam. This arrival was shortly after the beginning of Jewish-American history. Sephardic Portuguese Jews were also the early settlers of Newport, Rhode Island (where the country's first synagogue was founded), Charleston, Philadelphia and Baltimore.
- Los Banos
- Long Beach
- Shasta Lake
- Redondo Beach
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Jose
- San Leandro
- San Pedro
- Fall River
- New Bedford
- New Jersey
- New York
- Rhode Island
The Ironbound section of Newark, New Jersey is also called "Little Portugal". There are also Portuguese-speaking and Portuguese-based creole languages American citizens from Lusophone countries in the United States from Asia, South America, Africa and India.
- Nuno Bettencourt - musician, guitarist of the rock band Extreme.
- Joao de Brito - Artist Figurative painter, sculptor
- Dennis Cardoza - Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing California's 18th congressional district
- Jim Costa - Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing California's 20th congressional district
- Antonio Damasio - neuroscientist
- John Dos Passos - novelist
- Joseph Costa - Aviation pioneer
- Peter Francisco - American Revolutionary War Hero
- James Franco - actor
- Khalid Gonçalves - actor
- Tom Hanks - actor
- Keanu Reeves - actor
- Teresa Heinz Kerry - wife of U.S. Senator and former presidential candidate John Kerry
- Emeril Lagasse - celebrity chef, restaurateur, television personality, and cookbook author
- Joe Madureira - comic book artist
- Dina Matos McGreevey - former First Lady of New Jersey, businesswoman
- Craig Cameron Mello - Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2006, paternal-grandparents of Azorean descent
- Leroy A. Mendonca - Congressional Medal of Honor recipient during Korean War, Cottonbalers
- Carmen Miranda - Portuguese/American/Brazilian actress and singer (born in Marco de Canaveses, Porto district)
- Vanessa Marcil (born Sally Vanessa Ortiz)- American actress (mother is of Portuguese ancestry)
- Devin Nunes - Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing California's 21st congressional district
- Vasco Nunes, (1974- ), Award winning Filmmaker, winner two Grand Jury Prizes at Sundance Film Festival, has several films in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.
- Nathan Oliveira - Artist figurative painter, sculptor
- Mike Pereira - former Vice President of Officiating (formerly Senior Director of Officiating) for the National Football League (NFL). FOX Sports Anaylst.
- George Perry - neuroscientist
- Joe Perry - lead guitarist for the rock group Aerosmith. Father is of Madeiran descent
- Steve Perry - former lead vocalist of the rock group Journey Of Azorean descent.
- Telmo Pires - Professional Soccer Player
- Mel Ramos - Artist father of American Pop Art, figure painter, sculptor
- Joe Raposo - musical composer for Sesame Street
- Daniela Ruah - actress, NCIS: Los Angeles.
- Curtis Salgado - American Soul-Blues singer and harmonica player
- John Philip Sousa - American composer and conductor of the late Romantic era
- Pete Souza - an American photojournalist and the current chief White House photographer for President Barack Obama
- Mark Teixeira - Major League Baseball Player
- Meredith Vieira - journalist, television talk show host and game show host (The Today Show, The View, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire) of Azorean descent.
- M. Teresa Paiva-Weed - Democratic member of the Rhode Island Senate, representing the 13th District
- Katy Perry - singer with Portuguese and German background.
- David Silveria - Musician, former drummer of Korn.
- Dev - singer with Portuguese and Mexican background
- Miguel Nicolelis - Physician and scientist. Involved in brain-computer interface research.
- Paula Abdul - Singer with a Syrian-Brazilian father
- Janeth Arcain - Professional basketball player (WNBA) with the Houston Comets
- Morena Baccarin - Actress
- Camilla Belle - Actress When a Stranger Calls
- Jordana Brewster - Actress
- Bob Burnquist - Brazilian-born skateboarder
- Bruno Campos - Actor
- Flavia Colgan - Political strategist
- Jane Engelhard - Philanthropist
- Ryan Hollweg - Hockey player
- Thomas Mann - Novelist. (Brazilian mother)
- Sérgio Mendes - Singer
- Nancy Randall - Model
- Robert Rey - Plastic surgeon and TV host
- Eduardo Saverin - Founder Facebook
- Bidu Sayão - Opera singer
- Anderson Varejao - Basketball player
- Andreas Kisser - Guitar player
- Betty Lago - Model during the 1980s
- Paulo Szot - Opera singer
- Hugo Ferreira-Rock Singer
- Teresa Heinz Kerry - wife of U.S. Senator and former presidential candidate John Kerry
- Victor Nogueira - soccer player
- Michael Beach
- Davey Lopes - Major League Baseball Player and Manager
- Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes - rapper
- Peter J. Gomes - Minister, Memorial Church of the Harvard University.
- Paul Gonsalves - musician
- Tony Gonzales - National Football League player
- Paul Pena - musician
- Horace Silver jazz musician
- Tavares (band), a Disco band from the 1970s.
- Jacob Lumbrozo - colonist
- Judah P. Benjamin - politician and lawyer
- Albert Cardozo - jurist
- Benjamin Cardozo - New York Supreme Court Justice.
- Emma Lazarus - poet
- Mordecai Manuel Noah - playwright, diplomat, journalist, and utopian
- Judah Monis - Hebrew scholar
- Vic Seixas - tennis player
- The Lusiads, tr. into Engl. verse by J.J. Aubertin 1878
- "Journal of American folklore, Volume 5 By American Folklore Society by Houghton, Mifflin, and Co., 1892 pg 11"
- Center for Jewish History http://www.cjh.org/p/52
- "Site Vasco Nunes.".
-  "She's part Brazilian – her mother is from Sao Paulo"  "Belle already speaks fluent Portuguese — her mother is Brazilian"
-  "Nationality:, American/Brazilian"  "The 5’7’’ American Brazilian actress..."
- Igreja Portuguesa de Nossa Senhora de Fátima — Church of Our Lady of Fatima, Yonkers, New York
- Portuguese American Community Center, Yonkers, New York
- Portuguese-American Historical & Research Foundation Franklin, North Carolina
- Congregation Shearith Israel — the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue (New York, NY, USA)
- Kahal Kadosh Mikveh Israel (Philadelphia, PA, USA)
- Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island
- Dighton Rock
- Distinguished Americans & Canadians of Portuguese Descent
- Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture
- Luso.tv - Portuguese Heritage in video
- NOPA - National Organization for Portuguese Americans
- Portuguese Social Where Portuguese American organizations and people go to collaborate on projects that foster Portuguese Culture in the Americas.
- Portuguese American Jornal Portuguese American Journal
- Becoming an Americano-Luso Becoming an Americano-Luso