List of Portuguese supercentenarians

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This is an incomplete list of Portuguese supercentenarians (people from Portugal who have attained the age of at least 110 years). The Gerontology Research Group (GRG), an organization that tracks supercentenarians and validates age claims, has verified the ages of eight supercentenarians from Portugal.[1] The oldest person ever from Portugal was Maria de Jesus, who died in 2009 aged 115 years 114 days. As of 21 November 2014, there are no known living supercentenarians living in Portugal.

Portuguese supercentenarians[edit]

Below is a list of supercentenarians who are living in or died in Portugal. Entries for living people are rendered in italics

Name Sex Birth date Death date Age District or region of birth District or region of death
Maria de Jesus[2] F 10 September 1893 2 January 2009 115 years, 114 days Santarém Santarém
Maria do Couto Maia[3] F 24 October 1890 25 July 2005 114 years, 274 days Porto Porto
Maria Nunes da Silva[4] F 7 July 1898 26 September 2011 113 years, 81 days Porto Lisbon
Catarina Carreiro[3] F 9 January 1891 13 February 2004 113 years, 35 days Castelo Branco Castelo Branco
Clara dos Santos[3] F 26 March 1894 25 October 2006 112 years, 213 days Viseu Lisbon
Augusto Moreira de Oliveira[2] M 6 October 1896 13 February 2009 112 years, 130 days Aveiro Porto District
Antonio de Castro[2] M 6 January 1898 22 June 2009 111 years, 167 days Braga Braga District

Portuguese emigrant supercentenarians[edit]

Below is a list of supercentenarians born in Portugal who are living in or emigrated to another country before they died.

  • Mary Marques (born 11 February 1896 (Leiria) - died 3 January 2008 (United States)) — died aged 111 years, 326 days.[5]
  • Alice Saunders (born 12 May 1897 (Azores) - died 7 November 2007 (United States)) — died aged 110 years, 179 days.[6]


Maria do Couto Maia-Lopes[edit]

Maria do Couto Maia-Lopes (24 October 1890 – 25 July 2005) was the 2nd longest-lived person to be documented in Portugal. She was born and lived in Grijó, in Vila Nova de Gaia, which is near the city of Porto.

She remembered the day when the last king of Portugal, D. Manuel II, visited the nearby town of Espinho, on 23 November 1908.[7]

Maia-Lopes was nearly deaf and blind in her later years, and was confined to bed after a 2002 domestic accident with boiling water that burned her feet.[citation needed] She had a total of eight daughters, seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1942. One of her great-granddaughters married a grandson of Portugal's oldest ever man, Augusto Moreira de Oliveira (1896 – 2009).[8]

Maia-Lopes died at the age of 114 years 274 days, which places her as one of the 40 longest lived people ever. At the time of her death, she was the 2nd-oldest person in Europe, behind Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper. She was also recognized as the 4th-oldest person in the world behind van Andel-Schipper, Elizabeth Bolden and Bettie Wilson, both from the United States. Maia-Lopes would later be relegated to fifth-oldest in the world at the time of her death with the recognition of María Capovilla of Ecuador.[1]

Alice Sanders[edit]

Alice Sanders (São Jorge Island, 12 May 1897 – Merced, California, 7 November 2007)[1] was one of the last survivors of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Alice Catarina Matos was born in the Azores archipelago. Her family emigrated to Half Moon Bay (California) in 1903, when Alice was 6 years old. The April 18, 1906 San Francisco earthquake, a few weeks prior to Alice's ninth birthday, was a traumatic experience to her family, since they believed the end of the World had come. In 1912, the Matos family moved to Gustine, where Alice met Clarence Leonard Sanders, which became her husband in the Christmas Day of 1913.[9] [10]

Antonio de Castro[edit]

Antonio Fernandes de Castro (6 January 1898 – 22 June 2009) was at his death age 111 years 167 days, the oldest person in Portugal and the 2nd-oldest Portuguese male ever behind Augusto Moreira de Oliveira who died on 13 February 2009.[11] In addition, he was one of the 50 oldest verified men ever. At the time of his death, Fernandes was also the 4th-oldest man in the world and the 2nd-oldest in Europe, behind the world's then oldest man, Henry Allingham, from the United Kingdom.

Preceded by
Augusto Moreira de Oliveira
Oldest recognized living person in Portugal
13 February 2009 – 22 June 2009
Succeeded by
Maria Nunes da Silva

Maria Luíza Nunes da Silva[edit]

Maria Luíza Beires Nunes da Silva (7 July 1898 – 26 September 2011) of Lisbon was a Portuguese supercentenarian who was 113 years 81 days at her death. She was the oldest living person in Portugal.[citation needed] She became the oldest living woman in Portugal on 2 January 2009[citation needed] following the death of Maria de Jesus, who at 115 years 114 days was the oldest verified living person worldwide. With the death of Antonio de Castro on the 22 June 2009 at age 111 years 167 days, she was the oldest Portuguese person.[citation needed]

Maria Luiza Nunes da Silva exercised everyday and was reported to be in good health, although she was in a wheelchair most of the time.[citation needed] She resided in Lisbon with a daughter of hers. da Silva also had 12 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-great-grandchildren at the time of her death.[12]

On 5 August 2011, Maria Luíza Nunes da Silva aged 113 years 29 days became one of 40 oldest people from Europe ever.

On 26 September 2011 she died at the age of 113 years 81 days, and was the 12th oldest person in the world at the time of her death.

Preceded by
Antonio de Castro
Oldest recognized living person in Portugal
22 June 2009 – 26 September 2011
Succeeded by
Maria Felícia Bento


  1. ^ a b c Validated living supercentenarians The Gerontology Research Group lists persons as living whose age has been validated and confirmed to be alive within the past year.
  2. ^ a b c GRG Deaths in 2009
  3. ^ a b c Supercentenarians who lived in Portugal
  4. ^ GRG Deaths in 2011
  5. ^ GRG Deaths in 2008
  6. ^ GRG Deaths in 2007
  7. ^ on Maria do Couto Maia-Lopes
  8. ^ Portugal's oldest woman dies at 114
  9. ^ "New Bedford, Mass". Portuguese Times. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  10. ^ Jasonmerced, Scott (2007-11-09). "One of oldest Portuguese women, 110, dies - Local". Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  11. ^ Report on Antonio Fernandes de Castro's death
  12. ^ Gerontology Research Group Note: Scroll near the bottom of the page. Retrieved 2009-10-25.