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

From the historical and enchanting region of Spain emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Dossantos family. Originally, the Spanish people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in Spain is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Dossantos is a nickname type of surname for a person who was born on All Saint's Day. In the medieval chronicles, the name was originally recorded in the Latin form Sanctorum.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: disanto, Santos, Santo, Santero, Dossantos, Di Santo and many more.

First found in Castile, predominant among the Christian kingdoms of medieval Spain.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dossantos research. Another 382 words(27 lines of text) covering the years 1155 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Dossantos History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 50 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dossantos Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dossantos Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Anna Emilia dos Santos, aged 36, who settled in America, in 1893
  • Adelina dos Santos, aged 1, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895

Dossantos Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Antonio Dos Santos, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States, in 1902
  • Antonio dos Santos, aged 13, who landed in America from St Michaels, in 1902
  • Agapito Dos Santos, aged 26, who emigrated to America from Olhao, Portugal, in 1908
  • Antonio dos Santos, aged 35, who emigrated to America from Mizarella, Portugal, in 1910
  • Americo Dos Santos, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1917


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  • José Rosa dos Santos (b. 1945), former Portuguese football referee
  • Rosana dos Santos Augusto (b. 1982), Brazilian footballer
  • Marcelo dos Santos (b. 1979), mostly known as Marcelo Cabrita is a Brazilian football forward
  • Freddy dos Santos (b. 1976), former Norwegian footballer
  • Manuel dos Santos Fernandes (b. 1974), known as Dos Santos, is a retired Cape Verdean-born French footballer
  • Alex José dos Santos (1981-1982), known as Alex dos Santos, a Brazilian footballer
  • Marcos Paulo dos Santos (b. 1981), Brazilian footballer
  • José Eduardo dos Santos (b. 1942), Angolan politician and the current President of Angola
  • Antonio Carlos Dos Santos (b. 1979), Brazilian footballer
  • Marcelino dos Santos (b. 1929), Mozambican poet, revolutionary, and statesman


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The Dossantos Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dossantos 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 28 April 2013 at 09:10.

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