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

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Desoto Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Alonso DeSoto, who arrived in Cartagena in 1835
  • Maria DeSoto, who arrived in New Spain in 1835
  • Agostin DeSoto, who landed in New Spain in 1836
  • Rodrigo DeSoto, who arrived in Florida in 1838
  • Sebastian DeSoto, who landed in Mexico in 1838


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  • Lewis deSoto (b. 1954), American artist
  • Rosana de Soto (b. 1950), American film actress, best known for her roles in Stand and Deliver, for which she received an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female, and in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
  • Ernest Leo DeSoto (b. 1931), American Air force pilot, who disappeared over Vietnam in 1969


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  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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  6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
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  9. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
  10. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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The Desoto Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Desoto 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.

This page was last modified on 9 May 2014 at 08:24.

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