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Early Origins of the Santana family

The surname Santana was first found in Santa Ana, (Santana) a municipality in the province of Cáceres, Spain. "A religious name from the Catholic calendar that refers to St. Anne, the mother of the Virgin Mary. 'Hannah,' a Hebrew name, is the base of this word and means beneficial. Santa Ana is a Galician name." [1] Accordingly, the name can be found as both a forename and surname.

Today, Santana is a very popular place name found throughout Brazil, the rest of South America, Portugal and the Dominican Republic.

Early History of the Santana family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Santana research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1870, 1558, 1630, 1567, 1626, 1794, 1876, 1794, 1761, 1855, 1739, 1822, 1774, 1707, 1761, 1734, 1750, 1707 and 1731 are included under the topic Early Santana History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Santana Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sintos, Sentis, Seintz, Santos, Sintoss, Santoz, Santoss, Santose and many more.

Early Notables of the Santana family (pre 1700)

Notable bearers of the family name Santana was Father Estevao de Santana (S. Anna.), (1558-1630), from the convent of the Order of Carmelites of the Ancient Observance, a Doctor in Sacred Theology at the University of Coimbra. Diego de Santana, was a servant and steward at the Casa del sol for Diego Sarmiento de Acuña, first count of Gondomar (1567-1626). Antonio de Padua María Severino López de Santa Anna y Pérez de Lebrón (1794-1876), usually known as Santa Anna or López de Santa Anna, was a Mexican politician and general. Born in Xalapa, Veracruz, Nueva España (New Spain), on 21 February 1794...
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Santana Ranking

In the United States, the name Santana is the 802nd most popular surname with an estimated 37,305 people with that name. [2]


United States Santana migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Santana Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Beatriz Jimenez Santana, who arrived in New Spain in 1571
  • Diego Santana, who settled in New Spain in 1571
  • Francisca Santana, who settled in New Spain in 1571
  • Francisco Santana, who settled in New Spain in 1571
  • Alonso Santana, who settled in New Spain in 1571
Santana Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ana Santana, who arrived in New Orleans in 1778
Santana Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Fernando De Santana, who landed in America in 1827 [3]
  • Antonio De Santana, who landed in America in 1828 [3]
  • Jose Santana, aged 40, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829 [3]
  • Antonio Santana, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1837 [3]
  • Leon Santana, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1844 [3]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Santana (post 1700) +

  • Carlos Augusto Alves Santana (b. 1947), Mexican-born, American Grammy Award-winning rock musician and guitarist, recipient of 10 Grammy Awards and 3 Latin Grammy Awards
  • Tito Santana (b. 1953), born, (b. 1953), is a retired American professional wrestler and middle school teacher
  • Mary Alice Santana, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972; Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1972
  • Harvey Santana, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives 9th District; Elected 2012
  • Manuel Santana Martínez (1938-2021), Spanish tennis player, ranked as amateur world No. 1 in 1965, 5 Grand Slam titles winner
  • Ramón Santana (b. 1801), brother to Pedro Santana, 1st Marquis of Las Carreras
  • Pedro Santana (1801-1864), 1st Marquis of Las Carreras, was a Dominican military commander and royalist politician who served as the president of the junta that had established the First Dominican Republic. Santana was a lifelong supporter of the Dominican revolt against the Haitian occupation and a noted general during the Dominican War of Independence (1844–1856)
  • Adria Santana (1948-2011), Cuban actress best known for her work in the theater
  • Luis Santana (b. 1937), Dominican former sports shooter. He competed in the skeet event at the 1968 Summer Olympics
  • Luis Santana (b. 1958), born in La Romana, Dominican Republic, is a retired professional boxer who fought in the super welterweight division. He was the World Boxing Council's world Super Welterweight champion
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  1. ^ Woods, Richard Donovan, Spanish Surnames In The Southwestern United States G. K. Hall, 1978. Digital
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ 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)


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