Pereira (surname)

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Coat of arms associated to Pereira surname
Pronunciation[pɨ.ˈɾɐj.ɾɐ] or [pɨ.ˈɾej.ɾɐ]
Region of originPortugal, and Galicia region of Spain
Word/NamePortuguese, Galician
Meaning"pear tree"
Other names
Variant(s)Da Pereira, Dapereira, Pereyra, Pereiras, Pereyras, Perera, Pereire, Peral, Perales and others
The coat of arms of Saint Nuno Álvares Pereira. The cross, which is a cross flory voided, is a common charge found in the coats of arms of Pereira families, as are the red and white colours.
The coat of arms of Diego Pereira d'Aguilar, a baron of the Holy Roman Empire and privy councilor to the Crowns of the Netherlands and Italy.

Pereira is a common surname in the Portuguese and Galician languages, common mostly in Portugal, the Galicia region of Spain, Brazil, other regions of the former Portuguese Empire, among Galician descendants in Spanish-speaking Latin America and by adoption also common among Sephardic Jews of Portuguese origin throughout the Sephardic Jewish diaspora. Currently, it is one of the most common surnames in South America and Europe.

It was originally a noble Christian toponym of the Middle Ages, taken from the feudal possession of Pereira, Portugal, which in Portuguese means 'pear tree'.

The variants of this name are more commonly found in other countries such as Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, India (specifically Goa and Kerala) and Sri Lanka. Pereire, for example, is a French variant. Many Portuguese immigrants to the United States, especially Massachusetts, chose to "Americanize" their surname to Perry.

As a toponymic surname, it does not refer to a single lineage with a single founder, but to various unrelated lineages.


See also Perera


Music and dance[edit]

  • Linda Perry (Pereira) (born 1965), American record producer, songwriter, singer
  • Erica Pereira, New York City Ballet soloist
  • Steve Perry (Pereira) (born 1949), American singer
  • Luciano Pereyra (born 1981), Argentine singer
  • Luis Pereyra (born 1965), dancer and choreographer of Tango Argentino and Argentinian folklore
  • Joe Perry (Pereira) (born 1950), American rock guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter
  • David Pereira (born 1953), Australian classical cellist
  • Catarina Pereira (born 1990), Portuguese singer, dancer and actress
  • Poppy (Moriah Rose Pereira) (born 1995), American singer and YouTube personality



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