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


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  1. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  2. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  3. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
  4. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. 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).
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. 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.

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