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Violante's of Portugal

Mary Fatima Violante (View posts)
Posted: 8 Apr 2000 8:52PM GMT
In reading the current posted messages, it
appears most Violante's are from Italy. One
of you mentions one from Scotland, but
believes the name originated in France. My
father was born and raised in Foz do Arelho,
Portugal. It is located about 60 miles
north of Lisbon on the west cost. My father
was Henrique Antunes Violante. His parents
(my Grandparents)were Henrique Violante and
Gertrude Antunes. Henrique Violante's
parents (my Great Grandparents) were Joaquim
Violante and his wife Victoria. They were
all from this very small, beautiful, Portuguese
village, where i have been privileged to travel
many times. There are still old folks there
who were friends with my great grand parents.
I feel fortunate to know this much of my family
tree, however I often wonder where they came
from before this little village. I would like
to go back further. Portugal is somewhat of
a melting pot of nationalities. Because it is
one of the eastern most coasts of Europe, there
were many shipwrecks there. People settled
wherever their ship wrecked. In the north you
see decendants of the vikings, having lighter
hair, skin, and blue eyes. Further south there
are decendants of the Moors who are darker
complected. I hear that other countries who
wanted to exile their own people, sent them
to Portugal back in the early centries. So
my interest is finding hhw my family ended up
in Foz do Arelho, Portugal. Have any ideal??

Re: Violante's of Portugal

Posted: 19 Oct 2001 12:54AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 16 Aug 2002 12:52AM GMT
Surnames: Violante
I' ve seen your message only more than a year ago but I'm very interested in everything about surname Violante. I live in Rio de Janeiro (Brasil) and my grandmother died when my mother was a little baby. My mother, who is dead too, had never known her mother' relatives and told me that they were from Paraguay, here in South America. As your father is from Portugal, perhaps he has any idea about the root of Violante in my country. My grandmother was Joaquina Violante Correa, born in Brasil and died between 1920 and 1924.

Re: Violante's of Portugal

Mary Fatima (View posts)
Posted: 20 Aug 2002 5:48AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Violante
I haven't checked the Violante message board for a long, long time, but here I am now. I do have some relatives that moved from Portugal to Brazil . I am guessing it was in the last 20 years. I do not know these relatives. But they are children of my fathers first cousins. My dad died 6 years ago. I recently spent time with one of my dad's brothers and I asked him why these cousins moved to Brazil. I was wondering if some of my family originated from there. He said they just moved because it was a Portuguese speaking country and that we have no family origins in Brazil.
My father came from a small village "Foz do Arelho", near Caldas da Rainha, and Obidos. Most relatives in town can give me the whole family tree back to my great grandparents, but beyond that, no one seems to know anything. I have been lucky enough to find in my dad's garage attic, my great grandparents original marriage certificate, and other paparwork just as special, but nothing earlier than that. I hope to return to portugal this spring.. I will ask more questions and if I discover any info about Brazil, I will forward it to you. Good Luck.

Re: Violante's of Portugal

Carlos Violante (View posts)
Posted: 11 Aug 2005 9:35PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello Mary, I'm a Violante from Brazil and do know a Violante who has some relatives in Portugal. His name is Fernando Violante. Although I'm also a Violante, it was a coincidence met Fernando. If you are interested in find more information, you can send me an e-mail or try to log on on orkut (www.orkut.com) and search for the "Violante" community there. There are other "portuguese Violante's". Regards, Carlos

Re: Violante's of Portugal

Posted: 13 Apr 2010 9:01PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Violante, Linhares
Hello Violante's of the World...
I am also called Violante.
In my case, my surname comes from my mother side. Her father's last name was Violante.
My grandfather was born around 1885 in the north of Portugal, Vila Real, Trás-os-Montes. I do not know exactly where my great grandfather was born, but I am trying to find out...
I also know that some of my great grandfather's relatives went to Brazil in the middle of the 1800's.
I have searched a bit about the surname Violante and I have found this last name in Chile, Argentina, Mexico, France, Italy and in a lot of States in the USA.
You will be able to find also the last name Violante in a lot of the Jewish Cemetery's which makes me believe that the origin of this last name may very well be from the Jewish community took refuge all over Europe and often changed their last name not to be recognized as Jewish.
I really would like to find out more about the origin of my grandfather’s name.
I am just sorry to see the surname Violante ending in my family… This is what happens when there are a lot more women being born then men!
Regards
Maria José Violante Linhares Dias

Re: Violante's of Portugal

Posted: 13 Apr 2010 9:12PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Violante, Linhares
Hi Rick
Please check my post bellow (or above...)
I have family in Rio de Janeiro and recently I met a lawyer from São Paulo who, by shear coincidence, had a grandmother also called Violante. She was born in the north of Portugal, in the early 1800's who went to Brazil sometime after 1886.
I have been trying to search for his roots and at the same time trying to find out if we are related somehow...
It is exciting to find so many people with the same last name...



Re: Violante's of Portugal

Posted: 17 Sep 2010 4:50PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Violante, Dias
My father's side is Violante. I am just starting to look into the history. From my knowledge, we can from a town north of Lisbon called Foz do Arelho. After visiting there this summer I found that the Violante's of Foz do Arelho are known as the Violante plague to some, because there are so many from this town just outside of Caldas de Rainha. I am 25 and I was fist generation Canadian. My father's name is Fernando and mother's name is Rosalinda (maiden is Dias of Peniche Dias' family). My uncle is Michael Violante, my grandfather is Jose Manuel Violante and my grandmother is Maria Ermelinda Violante. They came to Canada in 1970 I believe to the Toronto area and have since moved back to Foz. We have expanded out to the Aurora/Newmarket area and now I have moved out to the Grimsby area. I would be interested to know if we are related at all

Re: Violante's of Portugal

Posted: 17 Jul 2014 8:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Violante, Tomaz, Serrenho, Conceicao
While on different quest I came upon this thread and was compelled to reply as a result of the poor choice of word associated with 'Violante'... although not a very common name in general it is quite common in very specific areas throughout the world, I would like to send out a warm hello to all the 'violante cousins' whose roots originated in the beautiful ocean front town Foz do Arelho, Portugal...

Yes we are many spread throught the world and we are descendents from 'salt of the earth' ancestors who worked the lands and the waters in this region... My fathers side of the family came from the Violante and the Serrenho and on my mothers side from the Tomaz, the Conceicao and the Violante...

Families were large in the early 1900's and some from our family emigrated to Brazil, Africa, USA and Canada after the 2nd world war...

In our family, my father was the trailblazer and the first of the brothers (4 brothers & 2 sisters) to leave Portugal in 1958 and headed to Mozambique, Africa and from there came to Toronto, Canada where my mother and I joined him in 1968. Shortly afterwards he arranged for a brother and two sisters to emigrate, the other brothers chose to stay in Portugal.

On my mothers side some sisters emigrated to Brazil (Sao Paulo), Africa (Angola) and USA (Atlantic Coast)...

Best Wishes and Warm Regards to all the Violante, Tomaz, Serrenho, Conceicao... and everyone else that takes the time to read this short note





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