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...In the case of the Portuguese surname Farias or Faria, this name is out of local origin, being derived from the name of the place of residence of the initial bearer. In this instanc, the surname is dereived from the place name Faria; Thus the original bearer of the surname was Senor of the Castle of Faria and adopted as his surname the name of his castle and estate. According to etymologists, the place name Faria is derived from the Portuguese/Spanish word "feria" meaning a "fair," and indicating a place where fairs took place (ha ha we're party people).
The surname is in fact one of the most ancient and noble surnames in Portugal with records of the family going back to the 13th centurty. In 1227 one Frei Juan de Faria is listed as a guest at the wedding of King Pedro I in 1360. Nunu Goncalves de Faria, lord of the Castle of Faria, prevented the castle, at the great risk of his own life, from falling into the hands of the Castillians in 1373. One Godinho de Faria held the position of Archbishop of Braga.
Blazon of arms: Gules; a castle argent, opened sable between five fleurs-de-lis argent, three in cheif and one on either side of the castle.
Crest: The castle surmounted by a fleur-de-lis of the arms
My name is Maria del Socorro Farias. I live in Los Angeles. My Father is Roberto Farias. He was born in Michoacan, Mexico.
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