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The name Macnab derives from the Gaelic ‘Mac an Aba’, ‘child of the abbot’. According to tradition, the progenitor of this great clan was Abaruadh, the Abbot of Glendochart and Strathearn, the younger son of King Kenneth Macalpine. Abaruadh, the Red Abbot, was descended from King Fergus of Dalriada and a nephew of St Fillan, founder of the monastery in Glendochart in the seventh century.

Heraldry Database: Serrão


Surname:  Serrão
Branch:  Serrão
Origins:  Portuguese
More Info:  Portugal

Background:  The Serrao family original lived near a ridge or chain of hills. The name was originally derived from the Old French world Serre, but it was recorded in medieval documents in the Latin form Serra, which means ridge or mountain dweller. First found in Castile, the medieval Spanish kingdom whose language and culture were to spread through many countries of the world.

Arms:  Argent, upon a mount Vert in base, a lion rampant Gules.
Crest:  The Lion.

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This surname comes from the family of Mouras, a village in Portugal. D. Martin Rodrigues, the Order of Calatrava master was son Vasco Martins S. de Moura, principal gentleman of his time, that was found in the achievements of the Kingdom whose services were the landlord of some places in the Minho province. He had mercy of the commander's residence de Moura that failed to take hold. He married Maria Dias de Gois, daughter of Pedro Salvador and his wife Maria of Esposade. Vasco Martin and his wife being established in Seville in the year 1264, a bond and left generation.

Noble surnames, such as Serrao, come from the ancient homelands of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the Serrao name once lived, held land and was born in the beautiful region of Spain and Portugal. Since this surname means mountain dweller, this family most likely lived in the mountainous regions of Portugal which contains many beautiful ridges and mountains. The Crest is that of the lion which represents that this surname is from a royal surname lineage.

Name Variations:  Serrão, Serrano, Serrana, Serra, Serrao.

One or more of the following publications has been referenced for this article.
The General Armory; Sir Bernard Burke - 1842.
A Handbook of Mottoes; C.N. Elvin - 1860.
Heraldry Institute: http://www.heraldrysinstitute.com/cognomi/Serrao/Portugal/idc/602459/lang/en/
HouseofNames: https://www.houseofnames.com/serrao-family-crest


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