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Where did the Spanish Sotelo family come from? What is the Spanish Sotelo family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sotelo family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sotelo family history?

The original bearer of the name Sotelo, 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 Sotelo 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.


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.

First found in Castile, in north central Spain.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sotelo research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1227 and 1830 are included under the topic Early Sotelo History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 153 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sotelo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Hernando de Sotelo sailed to Peru in 1534
  • Pablo Sotelo sailed to Peru in 1563

Sotelo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hernando De Sotelo, who landed in Peru in 1834
  • Manuel Sotelo, aged 23, landed in Puerto Rico in 1855
  • Jose Sotelo, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860
  • Pablo Sotelo, who landed in Peru in 1863
  • Payo Sotelo, who arrived in Peru in 1863


  • Lori Sotelo, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Washington, 2008
  • Julián Sotelo (b. 1965), retired male javelin thrower from Spain
  • Mauricio Sotelo (b. 1961), Spanish composer
  • Blessed Luis Sotelo (1574-1624), Spanish Franciscan friar who died as a martyr in Japan
  • Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo, Spanish engineer and politician, Prime Minister of Spain 1981-82
  • José Calvo Sotelo, Spanish politician and writer of the 1930s
  • Juan Ignacio Sánchez Sotelo (b. 1987), Argentine football forward
  • Miguel Sotelo, former Mexican Major League Baseball player
  • Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo (b. 1972), Mexican radio personality


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  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  5. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  6. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. 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. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  11. ...

The Sotelo Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sotelo 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.

This page was last modified on 25 November 2015 at 09:55.

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