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The surname de Mello was originated by D.Soeiro Raimundes de Riba de Vizela, a talented horseman, that seems to be the founder of the town of Mello, near serra da Estrela, which initially was called Merlo, the archaic form of melro - "the blackbird" (the blackbird is a typical bird in the sky of Portugal).
The Arms of "de Mello" come from the Arms of "de Riba de Vizela" and they are: of red, a double cross or bend cross of gold, accompanied with six silver bezants; bordure of gold. The de Mello crest is an extended eagle in black and silver.
Source: research by Eric Marcel de Mello.
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