Santorum History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Santorum was originally a nickname bestowed upon someone who was born on All Saint's Day, the 1st of November, and is derived from the Latin "sanctorum."

Early Origins of the Santorum family

The surname Santorum was first found in Lucania, formerly Basilicata, is a territorial division of southern Italy which extended from Tyrrhenian sea, to the Gulf of Tarentum. It was named for Lucani who conquered it in the 5th century B.C. This large territory contained many towns and villages. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry. The family held a family seat in Matero in Basilicata, otherwise known as Lucania. They were a distinguished noble family whose first records begin in 1198 when Eustachio Santoro was Baron of Cancellara.

Early History of the Santorum family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Santorum research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1476, 1507, 1537, 1559, 1574, 1600, 1700, 1532, 1602, 1569 and 1649 are included under the topic Early Santorum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Santorum Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Santoro, Santori, Santora, Santorelli, Santoriello, Santorini and many more.

Early Notables of the Santorum family (pre 1700)

By the end of the 15th century, southern Italy was known as the Kingdom of Naples, ruled by the house of Aragon. By the early eighteenth century, the Austrians had gained much of the region, under the rule of the Austrian emperor Kales VI. However, in 1734, Spaniard Don Carlos defeated the Austrians, and the region came under Spanish rule once more. In 1799, the French invaded Naples and...
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Migration of the Santorum family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Elices Santo, 50; who arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1829. Two years later, in 1831; Colomae Gustino Santo, 41; also came to New Orleans, Louisiana. Giovanni Santoro, an Italian gardener came to North America on board the SS Vincenzo Florio in 1881.


Contemporary Notables of the name Santorum (post 1700) +

  • Richard John Santorum (b. 1958), American Republican politician, Administrative assistant to State Sen. J. Doyle Corman, 1981-86; Lawyer; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 18th District, 1991-95; U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1995-
  • Richard John "Rick" Santorum (b. 1958), American attorney and Republican Party politician, United States Senator from Pennsylvania (1995-2007), candidate for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination, known for the Santorum Amendment


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