Show ContentsD'souza History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

This place-name is derived from the Latin word 'salsa,' which means 'salty,' and indicates that the location so named was once known for a salt deposit.

Alternatively, the name could have been derived from the Latin word Saxa, later Sausa, meaning 'rocks'.

Early Origins of the D'souza family

The surname D'souza was first found in northern Portugal, where many take their name from the Sousa River, a tributary of the Douro.

Don Egal Gomes de Sousa (1035-?) was an 11th century Lord and the first known bearer of the name. He was Lord of Sousa, Novelas and Felgueiras, and took his name from his estates in the first Lordship. Don Egal was the grandson of King Fernando of Castille and married dona Falmula Gomes, great, great grand-daughter of King Ramiro I. He was governor of the entire region of Entre Douro e MinhoIt and is thought that the line of the D'souza family descends from their noble roots.

Early History of the D'souza family

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D'souza Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: De Sousa, De Souza, De Sosa, De Soza, Sousa, Souza, Sosa and many more.

Early Notables of the D'souza family

Prominent members of the family include Tomé de Souza (1503-1579), the first governor of Brazil and founded Salvador, Bahia; and João de Sousa, 3rd Marquis of Minas (1666-1722), the 6th Count of Prado, Portuguese nobleman and member of the Royal Council of War on October 26, 1714. Cristóvão Falcão (c. 1512 - c. 1557), sometimes Cristóvão Falcão de Sousa or Cristóvão de Sousa Falcão, was a Portuguese poet, that came of a noble family settled at Portalegre in the Alentejo, which had originated with John Falconet, one of the Englishmen who went to Portugal in 1386 in the suite of Philippa of...
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Contemporary Notables of the name D'souza (post 1700) +

  • Steven E. D'Souza (b. 1947), American producer, director and scriptwriter
  • Dinesh D'Souza (b. 1961), American conservative author, born in Bombay
  • Aurélia D'Souza (1867-1922), Portuguese painter
  • Walter D'Souza (1930-2020), Indian first-class cricketer who played for Gujarat
  • Frederick D'Souza (1934-2016), Roman Catholic bishop
  • Henry Sebastian D'Souza (1926-2016), Indian Roman Catholic bishop
  • Stephie D'Souza (1936-1998), Indian athlete on Facebook