Arnaldo de Baiao, the Earliest Known Acevedo Ancestor
Greetings to all Acevedos / Azevedos:
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Is anyone familiar with the Portuguese Knight Arnaldo
According to my sources, he was a Crusader of 10th century
Portugal, and is often identified in genealogical sources
as the earliest known ancestor of the Azevedo / Acevedo
He was a knight-vassal of King Alfonso V of Leon, and
fought against the Arabs in the region of Galicia
In 983, Don Arnaldo established the village of Azevedo,
in what is now the municipality of Barcelos, in the district
of Viana do Castelo, northern Portugal.
In 1027, Don Arnaldo fell in combat near Vizeu.
His son and successor, Don Gosendo Arnaldes de Baiao, was
the owner of many haciendas along the Cavado river.
Don Gosendo held the lordship of a place called "Penaguiao".
Don Gosendo's son, Don Egas Gosendes de Baiao, was a
nobleman of the royal court of King Alfonso VI of Castile.
In 1085, Don Egas was a combatant in the capture and
conquest of Toledo, and some time later, in 1124, founded
the village of "Sernancelhe" (spelling is likely incorrect).
The son of Don Egas was Don Godinho Vegas de Baiao, whose
father-in-law rebuilt the the monastery of Villar de Frades.
Don Godinho's son was Don Paio Godins, and his son was Don
Mem Paes Bufhino.
Don Mem Paes son was Pedro Mendes de Azevedo, who was a
combatant in the capture of Seville in 1248.
Doubtless, the above information is in much need of
correction and/or clarification; if anyone can provide
this, please feel free to do so.
One thing more, Almada, like Azevedo, is of Portuguese
origin, hence my interest in the Azevedo surname and its
variants. (*Azevedo is a much older lineage than Almada,
for it was Vasco Lourenco de Almada who was the first
Portuguese to bear the name, circa 1270).