The name Farias is originally Portuguese and was spelled Faria. Farias is said to mean" One who comes from Feria, The place of the fair." I do not have a specific reference but most surname books use this meaning or a variation of it. I believe the name originated in the town of Barcelos in the northern province of Portugal calledMinho. Barcelos has the largest open air market in Europe called the "Campo de Republica. It has been referred to by some as being more fairgrounds than market. ThereforeI Believe that this is where our family derived its name.
I just saw your message and I know I am probably late for the homework assignment but I thought you would want the information anyway. If you are from Hawaii, my father met my namesake in Honolulu many years ago. He was a policeman and a real estate agent. Regards