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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.
The surname Desoto was first found in Castile, in north central Spain.
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.
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 and printed products wherever possible.
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...
Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Desoto Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Desoto Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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.
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