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

The original bearer of the name Sotomayor, 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 Sotomayor 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 Sotomayor research. Another 179 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1227 and 1830 are included under the topic Early Sotomayor 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 Sotomayor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sotomayor Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Francisco De Sotomayor, who landed in America in 1811
  • Gutierre De Sotomayor, who landed in America in 1811
  • Alonso De Sotomayor, who arrived in America in 1835
  • Pedro De Sotomayor, who landed in Florida in 1838
  • Rafael De Sotomayor, who arrived in New Spain in 1855


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  • Sonia Sotomayor (b. 1954), U.S. Supreme Court justice
  • Federico Sotomayor y Vigil, Peruvian military officer
  • Carlos Sotomayor (1911-1988), Chilean painter, one of the principal exponents of the cubism from South America
  • Liesel Holler Sotomayor, Miss Peru 2004
  • Víctor Sotomayor (b. 1968), retired Argentine football player


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The Sotomayor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sotomayor 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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