I am 41 years old, a mother of 3 boys and my maiden name is Faria. My father is from Rosario, S. Miguel, Azores FYI - there is a small town in S. Miguel called "Faria".
*** FAMILY NAME HISTORY The surname Faria belongs to a very ancient family of Portugal, that is known to have lived at the time of King Afonso Henriques in the thirteenth century.An early member of this family was Joao de Faria, father of blessed Dono Gadinho, archbishop of Braga.During the reign of King Alfonso III, Father Joao de Faria, was cleric and counsellor of the King, Of the Order of Pregadores, who, in 1277, assisted in the audience granted by that King to the papal nuncio of Pope John XXI.Among members of this family was Nuno Concalves de Faria, Lord of the Castle of Faria, who, in exchange for his own life, saved the castle from falling into the hands of two Castilians, who besieged it in the year 1373.Poets and writers took advantage of his heroic feat, and wrote poems that exalted the nationalism, of this noble act.Among his contemporaries were Matim Gocalves de Faria and Alvaro Garcia de Faria, who were Royal cavaliers who fought at the battle of Aljubarrota. According to the chroniclers Hanks and Hoges, the surname Faria is a habitation name derived from a town of the same name located in the province of Minho, apparently so called from the personal name Farus.Avariant of the surname Faria is Farias.Anotable bearer of the surname was the Portuguese priest, Jose Cutodio de Faria (1755-1819), who left his homeland to join the French Revolution.It should be noted that the Spainish surname Faria is also of Portuguese origin, as evidenced by the same coat-or-arms being desplayed by both families.Antonio Faria of Spain was recorded as a writer (1538-1655), and author of "Noticias de Portugal". ***
I also heard somewhere that the name Faria is an ancient Italian name.