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Origin of the name Freitas
Posted by: Thomas Freitas Date: February 15, 2001 at 08:11:06
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Family Name History FREITAS

The Portuguese surname Freitas appears to be a variant of Freites, and is of local origin, derived from the name of a place where a man once lived or where he once owned land. According to genealogists, the Portuguese family of this name are descended from Goncalo Ouveques, founder of the monastery of Cete, and father of Diago Goncalves de Urra, who fought under King Afonso Henrique of Portugal (1128-1185), in the Battle of Campo De Ourique. Diago married Dona Urraca Mendes de Braganca, and one of their sons, Joan Dias, was lord of Freitas, in the District of Fafe. He was therefore known as Joan de Freitas. His descendants adoptedd this name as a surname, and so the dynasty of the Freitas was founded.

ARMAS              : De vermelho, cam cinco estreias de seis raios de ouro
BLAZON OF ARMS       : Gules, five mullets of six points or, two, two and one and Military Fortitude, while or (gold or yellow)signifies
Generosity and Elevation of Mind. The mullet (skar) represents Honour and Achievement in the Service of the State in ancient time.

CREST              : Two lions paws or paleways,
grasping an arrow argent, feathered gules.

Translation       : The lion's paw denotes Strength and Courage.

ORIGIN              : Portugal

NOTE: During my research I found, what I believe, to be the very first Freitas in the year 1000. She was the daughter of Erick the Red and sister to Lief. The entire story can be found on my web site

Good Luck... Tom Freitas


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