emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Santacroce family. Originally, the Spanish people were known only by a single name. The process by which
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.
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 Santacroce is a
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.
, predominant among the Christian kingdoms of medieval Spain.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Santacroce research.Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1155 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Santacroce History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
of this family name include: disanto, Santos, Santo, Santero, Dossantos, Di Santo and many more.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Sebastián Santos, who arrived in America in 1517; Francisco Santos, who arrived in New Spain
in 1534; María de los Santos, who arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1778.