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From the historical and enchanting region of Spain emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Santos 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 Santos 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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The surname Santos was first found in Castile, predominant among the Christian kingdoms of medieval Spain.

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


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

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Santos Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • Sebastián Santos, who arrived in America in 1517
  • Francisco Santos, who arrived in New Spain in 1534
  • Francisco Santos who came to New Spain in 1534
  • Lorenzo Santos who immigrated to Cartagena in 1577
  • Antonio de Santos who arrived in Peru in 1594
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Santos Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Antonio Santos, who arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1778 with his wife, María del Pino
  • María de los Santos, who arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1778
  • Antonio Santos, who arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1778 with his wife María del Pino
  • Josefa de los Santos, arrived in New Orleans in 1779

Santos Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Maria Santos, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1802
  • Antonio Santos, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Miguel Ezequiel DeLos Santos, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1804
  • Sebastian Santos, who landed in America in 1817
  • Pedro Santos, who arrived in America in 1830
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Santos Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Manuel Santos, who was naturalized in Texas in 1908
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  • Joe Santos (1931-2016), born Joseph John Minieri, Jr., an American film and television actor
  • Joel De Los Santos, American Republican politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 39th District, 2012
  • Bienvenido Santos (1911-1996), American novelist, poet, activist
  • Judy Anne Lumagui Santos (b. 1978), Filipino film and television actress, product endorser, recording artist, and film producer
  • Roberto Santos Pinhanez (1928-1987), Brazilian film director
  • Lucélia Santos (b. 1957), Brazilian actress, director and producer
  • Jose Santos (b. 1961), retired Chilean thoroughbred jockey honored by the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in the United States
  • Eduardo Santos Montejo (1888-1974), leading Colombian publisher and politician and President of Colombia from August 1938 to August 1942
  • Joly Braga Santos (1924-1988), Classical music composer from Lisbon, Portugal
  • General Alfredo M Santos (1905-1990), Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in 1962 to 1965, making him the first four-star general of the Philippines' armed forces
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
    2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    5. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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    The Santos Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Santos 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.

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