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

The distinguished surname Desouza comes from Spain, a country rich in culture and history. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Spain were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The Spanish surname Desouza is the Castillian form of the Galician and Portuguese surname Souza or Sousa.

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

First found in Galicia, in northwestern Spain.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Desouza research. Another 610 words(44 lines of text) covering the years 1037, 1139, and 1391 are included under the topic Early Desouza History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 37 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Desouza Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Silvestre de Sosa, who sailed to America in 1512; Juan de Sosa sailed to America in 1528; Hernando Soso sailed to New Spain in 1534; Isabel de Sosa sailed to New Spain in 1536.

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  • Kevin C. Desouza, American Associate Professor at the University of Washington
  • Cedric Victor desouza, American artist, art director, writer and musician
  • Wilfred de Souza GCIH, FRCS, FRCSE (1927-2015), Indian surgeon and politician from Goa
  • Tony DeSouza (b. 1974), Peruvian mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt
  • Erika Cristina de Souza (b. 1982), Brazilian professional women's basketball player
  • Eugenio de Souza, Marquis of Mendía


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  2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
  5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The Desouza Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Desouza 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 4 September 2015 at 08:38.

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