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Medeiros Family History & Genealogy

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Medeiros Last Name History & Origin

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Summary

Medeiros is a Portuguese surname originating in mainland Portugal at or earlier than the 14th century. The only common variation is "de Medeiros".
The name appears regularly in both Portuguese and Brazilian cultures. It can be found all around the world, owing to the breadth and duration of Portugal's colonial period.

History

The earliest recorded Medeiros was Rui Gonçalves de Medeiros ("of Medeiros") from Évora, Portugal.
King Joao I of Castilla occupied the town of Évora, installing his "alcaide" (governor/commander of a Portuguese fort) Álvaro Mendes de Oliveira in the castle of Évora. Leading the conflict against Castillian occupation was the Order of St. Benedict de Avis, a religious military order of the Knights of Portugal. The order was likely formed in Portugal in the 12th century by D. Afonso Henriques, the founder and first king of the Kingdom of Portugal.
Rui Gonçalves helped the Master of the Order of Avis expel the Castillian-installed Oliveira, after riots rocked the city in the 1383-85 crisis there. Medeiros was rewarded with the governorship of the castle at Évora after the Castillian governor was evicted.
A branch of the Medeiros family lived in the southern Portuguese region of the Algarve during the 15th century and in the same period, another branch lived on the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores. Both branches came originally from the principality of Ponte de Lima in northern Portugal, in the region of Guimarães.
In the early 15th century, Rui Vaz de Medeiros - a contempoary of Rui Gonçalves - left the family in Ponte de Lima and emigrated to the Portuguese island of Madeira, during it's first colonization.  There, he married a nobleman's daughter, and eventually moved his family to the Azorean island of Sao Miguel. Together they had a son who they named Vasco de Medeiros. Vasco eventually settled in the village of Lagoa (or Alagoa).
Supposedly, most Azoreans with the surname Medeiros descended from the line of Vasco de Medeiros. Medeiros is a Portuguese surname originating in mainland Portugal at or earlier than the 14th century. The only common variation is "de Medeiros".
The name appears regularly in both Portuguese and Brazilian cultures. It can be found all around the world, owing to the breadth and duration of Portugal's colonial period.

Name Origin

There are a number of theories about the origin of the last name Medeiros.
The Medeiros Web speculates last name Medeiros is of toponymic origin, meaning it comes from the name of the place where the first bearer lived or owned land. By this assumption, the surname Medeiros must derive from a place named "Medeiros" which is the name of numerous locations in Portugal. Therefore, the initial bearer of the community as "one who came from Medeiros". If this assumption is true, then researchers must look into how these places got their name. Here is a map of places named Medeiros.
The meaning of the last name Medeiros may originate in the Portuguese word "meda" which means "stack" or "pile". If this were true, the transformation in Portuguese from "meda" to "Medeiros" would imply that Medeiros meant "one who worked with stacks" or "one who is associated with stacks". This could mean that people bearing this name either worked with stacks/piles (as in porters, dockworkers, lumberers) or that they lived near things identified as stacks/piles such as mountains, hills, or other natural formations that could be colloquially so named.
In this vein, there is also a town called "Meda" that is part of the Portuguese city of Guarda which may have been named for a nearby mountain. The meaning of the last name Medeiros may therefore be "person from Meda" (Source: Diccionario Encyclopedico da Lingua Portugueza, 1927 & The Medeiros Web).
According to the Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, the last name Medeiros may originate from the word 'medeiro', meaning "the place where shocks of maize are gathered".

Spellings & Pronunciations

There are non known spelling variations of the last name Medeiros.

Nationality & Ethnicity

Medeiros is a Portuguese last name, likely originating from mainland Portugal - though the name Medeiros has spread around the world through Portugal's widespread colonial presence. The ethnicity/nationality of most Medeiroses is overwhelmingly Portuguese, though there are a significant number of Brazilians bearing the surname.
In the Azores islands, an autonomous Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic, the name Medeiros is found most-often in the island of São Miguel (San Miguel, "Saint Michael"). In the United States, the last name Medeiros is found in most areas with a heavy Portuguese presence, such as the San Francisco Bay Area, Rhode Island, and Massachusettes. Most Medeiroses are ethnically Portuguese or Brazilian. The nationality of Medeiroses is predominantly Portuguese and Brazilian, though many Medeiroses have immigrated to the United States in the last 100 years.

Famous People named Medeiros

While not famous, Carlos Filipe Medeiros is a founder of AncientFaces.
Maria de Medeiros is an actress, known in the United States for her role as Bruce Willis's wife in Pulp Fiction.

Early Medeiroses

These are the earliest records we have of the Medeiros family.

Joseph W Medeiros of Bristol County, Massachusetts United States was born circa 1855. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Joseph W Medeiros.
Adelino Medeiros was born in 1868 at Sao Miguel, Azores, and died at age 54 years old in November 1923 at Cambridge, Mass. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Adelino Medeiros.
Emilia Medeiros of East Providence, Providence County, RI was born on August 13, 1871, and died at age 96 years old on March 15, 1968.
Joseph Medeiros of New Bedford, Bristol County, MA was born on January 13, 1873, and died at age 95 years old in August 1968.
Clement Medeiros of Massachusetts was born on October 14, 1873, and died at age 89 years old in November 1962.
Maria Medeiros of Castro Valley, Alameda County, California was born on April 29, 1874, and died at age 96 years old in June 1970.
Manuel Medeiros of Europe was born on November 2, 1876, and died at age 90 years old in March 1967.
Mary Medeiros of Hilo, Hawaii County, Hawaii was born on May 22, 1876, and died at age 91 years old in September 1967.
Antone Medeiros of Somerset, Bristol County, MA was born on July 16, 1876, and died at age 93 years old in December 1969.
Mary Medeiros of Fall River, Bristol County, MA was born on November 24, 1877, and died at age 99 years old in July 1977.
Jose Medeiros of Somerset, Bristol County, MA was born on February 10, 1877, and died at age 95 years old in April 1972.
Maria Medeiros of Cranston, Providence County, RI was born on March 11, 1877, and died at age 96 years old in February 1974.

Medeiros Family Members

Surnames: Meddes - Medelbo

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Updated Medeiros Biographies

Jose Medeiros
Jose Miguel Medeiros of Dartmouth, Massachusetts United States was born on May 26, 1936 in Azores Portugal. He was married to Hortense Medeiros, and had a child Anna Silva. Jose Medeiros died at age 82 years old on October 19, 2018 at Brandon Woods of Dartmouth 567 Dartmouth St, in Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts United States, and was buried on October 23, 2018 in Dartmouth.
Anna Maria (Medeiros) Silva was born on August 1, 1963 to Hortense Medeiros and Jose Medeiros. Anna Silva married Sid Silva, and has children Stacy Silva and Kyle Silva. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Anna Silva .
Hortense Sousa (DeSousa) Medeiros of 378 gulf road, in Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts United States was born on October 6, 1937, and died at age 77 years old on July 23, 2015 in Dartmouth. Hortense Medeiros was buried on July 29, 2015 at Pine Grove Cemetery in New Bedford.
Aghostino Medeiros was born to Jose Medeiros and Mary (Costa) Medeiros, and has siblings Jose "Joe" Medeiros and Francesca Medeiros. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Aghostino Medeiros.
Maria Do Carmo (Linhares Corvelo) Medeiros was born on January 5, 1926, and died at age 82 years old on September 10, 2008. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Maria do Carmo Linhares Corvelo.
Joseph J Medeiros of Kailua, Honolulu County, Hawaii was born on January 31, 1925, and died at age 81 years old on October 23, 2006.
Joseph P Medeiros of Makawao, Maui County, HI was born on January 18, 1922, and died at age 74 years old on January 23, 1996.
Joseph Medeiros of Kahului, Maui County, HI was born on July 14, 1921, and died at age 74 years old on May 10, 1996.
Joseph M Medeiros of East Providence, Providence County, RI was born on December 6, 1922, and died at age 81 years old on January 26, 2004.
Joseph John Medeiros of Delhi, Merced County, CA was born on March 19, 1921 in Andorra or Portugal, and died at age 89 years old on April 16, 2010. Joseph Medeiros was buried at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery Section C-14 Site 526 32053 West Mccabe Road, in Santa Nella.
Joseph J Medeiros of Pawtucket, Providence County, RI was born on January 26, 1925, and died at age 72 years old on July 22, 1997.
Joseph Medeiros of Providence, Providence County, RI was born on September 29, 1912, and died at age 94 years old on December 23, 2006.
Joseph D Medeiros of East Providence, Providence County, RI was born on August 27, 1913, and died at age 67 years old in June 1981.
Joseph C Medeiros of Middletown, Newport County, RI was born on May 20, 1916, and died at age 87 years old on March 27, 2004.
Joseph S Jr Medeiros of San Lorenzo, Alameda County, CA was born on January 10, 1919, and died at age 74 years old on February 26, 1993.
Joseph Medeiros of West Warwick, Kent County, RI was born on May 10, 1908, and died at age 69 years old in January 1978.
Joseph F Medeiros of Fresno, Fresno County, CA was born on May 3, 1910, and died at age 82 years old on May 19, 1992.
Joseph S Medeiros of Fall River, Bristol County, MA was born on August 4, 1912, and died at age 79 years old in June 1992.
Joseph Jr Medeiros of Fall River, Bristol County, MA was born on May 31, 1914, and died at age 56 years old in October 1970.
Joseph Medeiros of Chelsea, Suffolk County, MA was born on March 16, 1927, and died at age 77 years old on November 4, 2004. Joseph Medeiros was buried at Massachusetts National Cemetery Section 19 Site 71 Off Connery Avenue, in Bourne.

Popular Medeiros Biographies

Rose (Carvalho) Medeiros
Rose (Carvalho) Medeiros was in a relationship with Jose "Joe" Medeiros, and has children Edward Joseph Madeiros and Candida (Madeiros) Sidre. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Rose (Carvalho) Medeiros.
Aghostino Medeiros was born to Jose Medeiros and Mary (Costa) Medeiros, and has siblings Jose "Joe" Medeiros and Francesca Medeiros. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Aghostino Medeiros.
Ezekiel R Medeiros of Tracy, San Joaquin County, CA was born on July 4, 1918, and died at age 75 years old on April 1, 1994.
Susan Elizabeth (Fauske) Medeiros was born on September 8, 1969 in Orange, Orange County, California United States. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Susan Elizabeth (Fauske) Medeiros.
Frank Medeiros of Waianae, Honolulu County, Hawaii was born on September 26, 1917, and died at age 61 years old in February 1979.
Lionel Medeiros of Boston, Suffolk County, MA was born on July 6, 1892 to Joanna Tavares Oliviero and Adelino Medeiros. He had siblings Maria Medeiros, Loius Medeiros, and Constantia Medeiros. He married Maria Carmo Ferriera, and had children Laura Medeiros, DeoLinda Medeiros, and George Medeiros. Lionel Medeiros died at age 83 years old in November 1975.
Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Nancy (Medeiros) Loughran.
Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Filipe Medeiros.
Irene J Medeiros of Manchester, Hillsborough County, NH was born on March 24, 1927, and died at age 69 years old on August 21, 1996.
Urban Medeiros was born on July 1, 1957, and died at age 37 years old on August 15, 1994. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Urban Medeiros.
Jesse Bernard Medeiros Sr. of Volcano, Hawaii United States was born on April 13, 1918 to John Bernardo de Medeiros and Maria Calhau de Medeiros. He married Pearl (Kalakau) Medeiros Casebier and they later divorced. He had children Jesse Bernard Medeiros Jr. and Leonora Bernadette (Medeiros) Kauwe. Jesse Medeiros died at age 75 years old on December 28, 1993 at Veteran's Cemetery #1 in Hilo, Hawaii County.
Bruce G Medeiros Jr of Bexar County, TX was born circa 1961. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Bruce G. Medeiros Jr.
Earl L Medeiros of Bexar County, TX was born circa 1973. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Earl L. Medeiros.
James Medeiros was born on February 2, 1949, and died at age 42 years old on May 19, 1991. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember James Medeiros.
Carlos Goncalves Medeiros was born in Madalena, Pico County, Azores Portugal. Carlos Medeiros was married to Fatima Medeiros, and has a child Filipe Medeiros. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Carlos Goncalves Medeiros.
Frank Medeiros was born on October 18, 1918, and died at age 52 years old in July 1971. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Frank Medeiros.
Frank Medeiros of San Francisco, San Francisco County, California was born on March 18, 1909, and died at age 70 years old in May 1979.
Clarence H Medeiros of Jacksonville, Saint Johns County, FL was born on May 20, 1942, and died at age 47 years old on December 25, 1989.
Jose Medeiros
Jose Miguel Medeiros of Dartmouth, Massachusetts United States was born on May 26, 1936 in Azores Portugal. He was married to Hortense Medeiros, and had a child Anna Silva. Jose Medeiros died at age 82 years old on October 19, 2018 at Brandon Woods of Dartmouth 567 Dartmouth St, in Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts United States, and was buried on October 23, 2018 in Dartmouth.
Frank Medeiros was born on May 19, 1919, and died at age 61 years old in May 1980. Family, friend, or fan, this family history biography is for you to remember Frank Medeiros.

Medeiros Death Records & Life Expectancy

The average age of a Medeiros family member is 72.0 years old according to our database of 5,395 people with the last name Medeiros that have a birth and death date listed.

Life Expectancy

72.0 years

Oldest Medeiroses

These are the longest-lived members of the Medeiros family on AncientFaces.

Mary Medeiros of Marlborough, Middlesex County, MA was born on October 18, 1893, and died at age 104 years old on September 17, 1998.
104 years
Roselina Medeiros of San Leandro, Alameda County, California was born on May 27, 1879, and died at age 104 years old in December 1983.
104 years
Maria Medeiros of Fall River, Bristol County, MA was born on March 14, 1894, and died at age 104 years old on April 5, 1998.
104 years
Iria B Medeiros of Fall River, Bristol County, MA was born on October 8, 1902, and died at age 103 years old on July 18, 2006.
103 years
Lily S Medeiros of Waimanalo, Honolulu County, HI was born on June 15, 1900, and died at age 102 years old on April 2, 2003.
102 years
Laura B Medeiros of Fall River, Bristol County, MA was born on December 3, 1908, and died at age 102 years old on June 26, 2011.
102 years
Frances Medeiros of Visalia, Tulare County, CA was born on March 7, 1895, and died at age 103 years old on March 7, 1998.
103 years
Anna Medeiros of Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii was born on June 17, 1880, and died at age 101 years old in January 1982.
101 years
Bella M Medeiros of East Taunton, Bristol County, MA was born on October 19, 1907, and died at age 102 years old on November 20, 2009.
102 years
Virginia Medeiros of Alameda, Alameda County, CA was born on March 11, 1900, and died at age 101 years old on March 1, 2002.
101 years
Maria Medeiros of Bristol, Bristol County, RI was born on March 25, 1905, and died at age 101 years old on February 15, 2007.
101 years
Sizaltina Medeiros of Fall River, Bristol County, MA was born on April 10, 1904, and died at age 102 years old on September 7, 2006.
102 years
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If anyone has any information about the Medeiros family in San Jose, CA originally from the island of Pico in the Azores, Portugal - please let me know.
An old Azorean (Portuguese) recipe:

Ingredients:
· 4 large slices of Bacalhau (Cod fish)
· 1 kg Potatoes
· 500 gr Onions
· 1/2 cup Olive Oil
· 1 tablespoon Parsley
· 1/2 cup Chopped Olives
· 1 1/2 cup Milk
· 4 Eggs
· 1 pint Half Whipped Cream
· 1 tablespoon Corn Starch

Directions:

1. Soak fish overnight in water.
2. Put fish in pot and let boil for 5 mins.
3. After draining the fish, shred them into small pieces. Put them aside.
4. Peel the potatoes, and then cut them into very small cubes. After you cut them, fry them. Set them aside.
5. In a big pot, stir fry the onions in the olive oil over a low fire. Add some black pepper to the mixture. When the onions brown, add the parsley and chopped olives.
6. Lower the temperature and add the fish to the pot, keep stirring them in so they do not burn for about a minute.
7. Add all the milk to the pot.
8. Mix the corn starch well with some water in a small bowl .
9. Add the corn starch/water mixture into the pot.
10. Keep stirring for about a minute.
11. Take the pot off of the stove and set it aside. Let it cool for about 5 minutes.
12. In a bowl, beat egg whites until it is a thick, creamy foam.
13. Beat the yolk into the eggs whites for a few seconds, just to mix them.
14. Add the eggs into the pot, and mix them very well.
15. Pour the contents of the pot into a Pyrex (or something else that is oven-safe).
16. In a bowl, beat the whipped cream until it becomes thick foam.
17. Spread the foam over the surface of the Bacalhau.
18. Cook the whole Pyrex in the oven at 350 degrees until the whole dish becomes golden.
19. Bacalhau can be served hot or cold.

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