Araldica della famiglia: Vieira
Ancient and noble Portuguese family, originally from Galicia, of clear and ancestral virtue, that has worldwide spread, over the centuries. The clear nobility of the family is confirmed by its presence in the valuable work "Armorial Lusitano - Anuário da Nobreza de Portugal". This family split into different branches: the Vieira of Minho and the Vieira of Leiria. Another branch of the family moved to Spain with a Don José Vieira y Clavijo, born on December 28, 1731, who dedicated himself to the ecclesiastical career. He devoted himself to the study of European history and, encouraged by the famous gathering... Continua
of the Marquis of Villanueva del Prado, he wrote in La Laguna the first volume of his "News on the general history of the Canary Islands". He moved to Madrid with the honorary position of preceptor of the son of the Marquis of Santa Cruz; published there his work that had great success inside and outside Spain. Anyway, the first family member that has been known is a Rui Vieira, a very honoured nobleman at the time of D. Alfonso II, King of Portugal, who was lord of the estate of Vila Seca, in the parish of S. João. He had two children: Pedro Rodrigues Vieira and João Rodrigues Vieira, father of Alfonso Anes Vieira, Abbot of Sousela, who had João Alfonso Vieira. Pedro Rodrigues Vieira, mentioned above, had the landlord of the Quinta de Vila Seca. From the analysis of colours and symbols of the coat of arms we can have more information about the family virtues. The tincture gules ("red") is symbol of strength and power but also fervent love for God; the shell ("escallop") symbolizes protection of providence and became popular as a token of pilgrimage to the shrine of Santiago de Compostela; the gold ("or"), the most noble metal, symbolizes power and wealth but also generosity and elevation of the mind. Family names so old, without any doubt honour not only families but also the cities that welcomed them; seems to be, in fact, very worthy the living members of this family which, with much decorum, carry this noble surname, which has had several illustrious members.