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Where did the Spanish Desanto family come from? What is the Spanish Desanto family crest and coat of arms? When did the Desanto family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Desanto family history?From the historical and enchanting region of Spain emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Desanto family. Originally, the Spanish people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in Spain is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Desanto is a nickname type of surname for a person who was born on All Saint's Day. In the medieval chronicles, the name was originally recorded in the Latin form Sanctorum.
Spelling variations of this family name include: disanto, Santos, Santo, Santero, Dossantos, Di Santo and many more.
First found in Castile, predominant among the Christian kingdoms of medieval Spain.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Desanto research. Another 382 words(27 lines of text) covering the years 1155 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Desanto History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 50 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Desanto Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Desanto Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Desanto Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Desanto Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Desanto 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.
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