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Where did the Spanish Soto family come from? What is the Spanish Soto family crest and coat of arms? When did the Soto family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Soto family history?

The original bearer of the name Soto, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. In Spain, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Soto family originally lived in one of the numerous towns or villages named Soto. The place-name Soto is derived from the Spanish word "soto," which refers to a "thicket" or "grove." This word is itself derived from the Latin word "saltus," which refers to a pasture land containing a forest or wood.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Soto, de Soto, Desoto, Sota, de Sota, de la Sota, Desota, Sotela, Sotelo, de Sotelo, Sotera, Sotero, Sotillo and many more.

First found in Castile, in north central Spain.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Soto research. Another 179 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1227 and 1830 are included under the topic Early Soto History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 153 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Soto Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Antonio de Soto, who sailed to America in 1513
  • Hernando de Soto, who voyaged to Central America with Pedrarias Dávila in 1514. He explored present-day Panama, Nicaragua and Honduras during the 1520s. Later he journeyed to Peru with Pizarro, returning to Spain in 1535. He set out again in 1538, this time for Cuba, where he was named Governor of the island. From Cuba he traveled to Florida, exploring inland to the north and west. Hernando de Soto was the first European to see the Mississippi River. He died of a fever in 1541, the Mississippi River served as his final resting place
  • Sebastián de Soto sailed to America in 1515
  • Pedro de Soto sailed to Peru in 1534
  • Diego de Soto sailed to Florida in 1538


Soto Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Antonio De Soto, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1802
  • Jose De Soto, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Rodrigo De Soto, who landed in America in 1810
  • Maria De Soto, who landed in America in 1812
  • Melchor De Soto, who arrived in San Juan Island in 1812


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  • Gary Soto (b. 1952), American poet, writer and educator
  • Steve Soto (b. 1963), American musician
  • Jeff Scott Soto (b. 1965), American rock singer
  • Talisa Soto (b. 1967), American model and actress
  • Miguel Angel Asensio Soto (1940-1975), Spanish lawyer
  • Blanca Delfina Soto Benavides (b. 1979), Mexican actress, model and former beauty queen
  • Caitro Soto (1934-2004), Peruvian musician and composer
  • Geovany Soto (b. 1983), Puerto Rican Major League Baseball catcher
  • Marco Aurelio Soto (1846-1908), President of Honduras from 27 August 1876 until 19 October 1883
  • Mario Melvin Soto (b. 1956), Dominican former Major League pitcher

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  1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  2. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  6. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
  7. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Soto Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Soto Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 7 September 2014 at 21:05.

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