Show ContentsDesoto History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Desoto family

The surname Desoto was first found in Castile, in north central Spain.

Early History of the Desoto family

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Desoto Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Desoto family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family Domingo de Soto, 16th century Spanish theologian and professor at the University of Salamanca; 17th century Spanish actress Catalina Sotomayor; 19th century Honduran politician Marco Aurelio Soto; 19th century Spanish military officer Raimundo María Soto; 19th...
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Desoto Ranking

In the United States, the name Desoto is the 13,540th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Desoto migration to the United States +

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 [2]
  • Maria DeSoto, who arrived in New Spain in 1835 [2]
  • Agostin DeSoto, who landed in New Spain in 1836 [2]
  • Rodrigo DeSoto, who arrived in Florida in 1838 [2]
  • Sebastian DeSoto, who landed in Mexico in 1838 [2]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Desoto (post 1700) +

  • Ernest Leo DeSoto (b. 1931), American Air force pilot who disappeared over Vietnam in 1969
  • 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
  • Hernando DeSoto Money (1839-1912), American politician, United States Senator from Mississippi (1897-1911)

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