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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.

Desouza Early Origins



The surname Desouza was first found in Galicia, in northwestern Spain.

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Desouza Spelling Variations


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Desouza Spelling Variations



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

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Desouza Early History


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Desouza Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Desouza Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Desouza Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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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Contemporary Notables of the name Desouza (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Desouza (post 1700)



  • 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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
    6. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
    7. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. 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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