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Where did the Soto coat of arms come from? When did the Soto family first arrive in the United States?

  
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Origin Displayed: Spanish

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.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Among the early explorers of the New World was 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.

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Some noteworthy people of the name Soto
  • 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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Learn More About Spanish Surnames


THE REGIONS OF SPAIN

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Aragon, which is a region of northeastern Spain in the Iberian peninsula. Aragon has a proud cultural heritage and its own unique language. In 1137, the regions of Aragon and Catalonia united to form the Crown of Aragon, whose illustrious line of kings led the reconquest of the eastern peninsula from the Muslims. The Crown of Aragon extended its Mediterranean empire with the recapture of Mallorca in 1229 and Sicily in 1282 and it remained an important power throughout the Middle Ages. In 1469, King Ferdinand of Aragon married Isabella of Castile and this union brought together the two most powerful kingdoms of Spain to create a united Spanish nation.

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THE MOORS

Following the decline of the Roman Empire, in the 5th century AD, the Visigoths came to control the peninsula. Part of the Visigothic legacy to Spanish civilization was the introduction of the institution of monarchy. Several centuries later, in 711, the Visigothic kingdom in Spain was invaded by Muslims. Aside from a nucleus of resistance which was maintained in the north, the Muslim victory was complete by the year 718.

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SPAIN

Spain, which is presently a state that includes the Balearic and Canary Islands and is in southwestern Europe, was originally settled by the Iberians. In the first millennium BC, the Celts, who were from central Europe, invaded and began to mingle with the native Iberians. Later, Greeks and Carthaginians colonized the coasts; however, they were replaced by the Romans by the 3rd century BC.

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THE VISIGOTHS

In 420, The Visigoths captured Spain from the Vandals and proudly returned it to Rome. Unfortunately, 18 years later the Suevi overran the peninsula.

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