Abreu (surname)

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The Abreus's coat of arms[1]

Abreu is a Galician-Portuguese surname. The surname is particularly prevalent among those of Portuguese and Sephardic Jewish descent.

The source of the name is debated. The family name has a Portuguese form, and has been explained as being an ancient branch of the house of Normandy[2][3]via the Countship of Évreux, France. It has also been linked to the name Abraham (Portuguese Abraão), the Biblical figure. Some argue that it is an abbreviation of the Portuguese phrase “Abraham The Hebrew” (Portuguese Abraão O Hebreu).

Prominent people with the surname are:

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  1. ^ Vaz, Cönego Fernando de Meneses; Gonçalves, Ernesto; Clode, Luiz Peter lon (1964-01-01). fasc. 1. Abreus-Acciaiuolis (in Portuguese). Edição da Junta Geral do Distrito Autónomo do Funchal. 
  2. ^ Capriles, Alejandro Mario (1967-01-01). Coronas de Castilla en Venezuela (in Spanish). s.n. 
  3. ^ Gayo, Manoel Jozé da Costa Felgueiras; Pontes, Luis (2009-01-01). Noble Families of Portugal: Abreu. Clearfield. ISBN 9780806354071.