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Luso Americans (occasionally known as Portuguese-Americans) are citizens of the United States whose ancestry originates in the southwest European nation of Portugal, including the offshore island groups of the Azores and Madeira.
The prefix Luso- indicates a relation to Lusitania, Portugal or the Portuguese people, as in the terms Portuguese American. It is often used alone, somewhat loosely, to refer to people of Portuguese descent in United States, South America, Africa, Indian subcontinent and Asia.
Luso is a Late Latin prefix used to denote Portuguese- in conjunction with another toponym or demonym. The word is derived from Lusitania, the Latin name for what would be modern Portugal. Lusitania was an ancient Roman province including approximately all of modern Portugal south of the Douro river and part of modern Spain (the present autonomous community of Extremadura and a small part of the province of Salamanca). It was named after the Lusitanians or Lusitanian people (an Indo-European people). Its capital was Emerita Augusta (currently Mérida, Spain), and it was initially part of the Roman Republic province of Hispania Ulterior, before becoming a province of its own in the Roman Empire.The etymology of Lusitania, like the origin of the Lusitani who gave the province their name, is unclear. The name may be of Celtic origin: Lus and Tanus, "tribe of Lusus", connecting the name with the personal Celtic name Luso and with the god Lugh.
Luso-American ethnic group in the United States
This usage originated in the discussion of the history of Portuguese immigrants and its descendants, in the United States. Luso-Americans like other Portuguese people are traditionally Roman Catholic. 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 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.
- 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.
Notable Luso Americans
- 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
- 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
- David Valadao - Portuguese-American U.S. Congressman
- 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.
- The Lusiads, tr. into Engl. verse by J.J. Aubertin 1878
- Room, Adrian. Placenames of the World. pg 228
- "Journal of American folklore, Volume 5 By American Folklore Society by Houghton, Mifflin, and Co., 1892 pg 11"
- "Site Vasco Nunes.".
- 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