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

From the historical and enchanting region of Spain emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Santos 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 Santos 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.

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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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Santos research. Another 382 words(27 lines of text) covering the years 1155 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Santos History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 50 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Santos Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Sebastián Santos, who arrived in America in 1517
  • Francisco Santos, who arrived in New Spain in 1534
  • Francisco Santos who came to New Spain in 1534
  • Lorenzo Santos who immigrated to Cartagena in 1577
  • Antonio de Santos who arrived in Peru in 1594


Santos Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Antonio Santos, who arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1778 with his wife, María del Pino
  • María de los Santos, who arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1778
  • Antonio Santos, who arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1778 with his wife María del Pino
  • Josefa de los Santos, arrived in New Orleans in 1779

Santos Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Maria Santos, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1802
  • Antonio Santos, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Miguel Ezequiel DeLos Santos, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1804
  • Sebastian Santos, who landed in America in 1817
  • Pedro Santos, who arrived in America in 1830


Santos Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Manuel Santos, who was naturalized in Texas in 1908

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  • Bienvenido Santos (1911-1996), American novelist, poet, activist
  • Joly Braga Santos (1924-1988), Classical music composer from Lisbon, Portugal
  • Lucélia Santos (b. 1957), Brazilian actress, director and producer
  • Eduardo Santos Montejo (1888-1974), leading Colombian publisher and politician and President of Colombia from August 1938 to August 1942
  • Jose Santos (b. 1961), retired Chilean thoroughbred jockey honored by the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in the United States
  • Humberto Santos (1944-1997), President and Chief Executive Officer of the Desjardins Laurentian Financial Corporation (DLFC) in Quebec
  • General Alfredo M Santos (1905-1990), Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in 1962 to 1965, making him the first four-star general of the Philippines' armed forces
  • Roberto Santos Pinhanez (1928-1987), Brazilian film director
  • Judy Anne Lumagui Santos (b. 1978), Filipino film and television actress, product endorser, recording artist, and film producer
  • Judy Ann Santos -Agoncillo (b. 1978), Filipino film and television actress, product endorser, recording artist, and film producer


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  10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Santos Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Santos 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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