The original bearer of the name Sotera, 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 Sotera 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.
Early Origins of the Sotera family
The surname Sotera was first found in Castile
, in north central Spain.
Early History of the Sotera family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sotera research.Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1227 and 1830 are included under the topic Early Sotera History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sotera 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.
Early Notables of the Sotera family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family Domingo de Soto, 16th century Spanish theologian and professor at the University of Salamanca; 17th century Spanish actress Catalina Sotomayor; 19th century Honduran politician Marco Aurelio Soto; 19th century Spanish military officer Raimundo María Soto; 19th... Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sotera Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sotera family to the New World and Oceana
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.