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The original bearer of the name Sotello, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. In Spain, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Sotello family originally lived in one of the numerous towns or villages named Soto. The place-name Soto is derived from the Spanish word "soto," which refers to a "thicket" or "grove." This word is itself derived from the Latin word "saltus," which refers to a pasture land containing a forest or wood.
The surname Sotello was first found in Castile, in north central Spain.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Soto, de Soto, Desoto, Sota, de Sota, de la Sota, Desota, Sotela, Sotelo, de Sotelo, Sotera, Sotero, Sotillo and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sotello research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1227 and 1830 are included under the topic Early Sotello History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 153 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sotello Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Hernando de Soto, who voyaged to Central America with Pedrarias Dávila in 1514. He explored present-day Panama, Nicaragua and Honduras during the 1520s. Later he journeyed to Peru with Pizarro, returning to Spain in 1535. He set out again in 1538.
The Sotello Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sotello 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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