Santa History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and enchanting region of Spain emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Santa 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 Santa 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.

Early Origins of the Santa family

The surname Santa was first found in Castile, predominant among the Christian kingdoms of medieval Spain.

Early History of the Santa family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Santa research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1155 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Santa History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Santa Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Santa family (pre 1700)

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


United States Santa migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Santa Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Santa, who landed in Virginia in 1643 [1]
Santa Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Juan Santa, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803 [1]
  • Cristobal De Santa, who arrived in America in 1812 [1]
  • Antonio De Santa, who landed in America in 1813 [1]
  • Rafael De Santa, who arrived in America in 1813 [1]
  • Pedro De Santa, who landed in America in 1816 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Santa migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Santa Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Santa, aged 33, who landed in Quebec in 1868

Contemporary Notables of the name Santa (post 1700) +

  • Ronald G. Santa, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Rhode Island 1st District, 1998
  • Thomas Santa Lucia, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1964
  • Rosalinda Santa Cruz, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972
  • Fany Santa Chalas Frías (b. 1993), Dominican silver and bronze medalist sprinter
  • Santa Biondo (1892-1989), American opera star
  • Santa Claus, usually abbreviated Santa, is a figure in North American culture who reflects an amalgamation of the Dutch Sinterklaas, the English Father Christmas, and Christmas gift-bringers in other traditions
  • Santa Duroy, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1988 [2]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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