Hello all Almadas!
The earliest known ancestor of the Almadas was Saher of Archelle (Saerio de Archelles in Portuguese). He was one of four English Knights (William Longsword and Hervey of Glanville among them) who in the Second Crusade left Dartmouth, England for Portugal and joined forces with King Afonso Henriques to oust the Moors from Lisbon, Palmela, Sintra and other towns.
It was at the town of Almada that Saher distinguished himself in battle, and was richly rewarded by King Henriques with the town itself.
According to Albert Stagg, the descendants of Saher of Archelle assumed the name of the town for their family name-Almada-but I am uncertain if Lord Saher was in fact the founder of the Almada family.
There is no indication that he used the name himself, and according to Portuguese sources, the first person to use the name was Ambassador Joane Anes de Almada of the 14th century.
Is Joane the Founder then?
The Spanish Alarcon family have, as their earliest ancestor, Fernando Martinez de Cevallos, and most Spanish sources also name him as the founder of Familia Alarcon (with many descendants in Cuba).
Pedro Elias, Bishop of Santiago de Compostela, is the earliest Spanish Elias known to genealogists, but was he also the founder of this family? (Indeed the Mexican Elias intermarried with the Almadas of Mexico)
I''ve said far too much already, but it is my mission, my quest, my purpose, to keep this history alive.
Muchas Gracias Familia!!!