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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.
The surname Desouza was first found in Galicia, in northwestern Spain.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Sosa, de Sosa, Soso, Soza, Sousa, de Sousa, Souza and many more.
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.
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.
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.
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.