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The original bearer of the name Soto, 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 Soto 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.

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The surname Soto 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.


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

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Antonio de Soto, who sailed to America in 1513
  • 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, this time for Cuba, where he was named Governor of the island. From Cuba he traveled to Florida, exploring inland to the north and west. Hernando de Soto was the first European to see the Mississippi River. He died of a fever in 1541, the Mississippi River served as his final resting place
  • Sebastián de Soto sailed to America in 1515
  • Pedro de Soto sailed to Peru in 1534
  • Diego de Soto sailed to Florida in 1538


Soto Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Antonio De Soto, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1802
  • Jose De Soto, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Rodrigo De Soto, who landed in America in 1810
  • Maria De Soto, who landed in America in 1812
  • Melchor De Soto, who arrived in San Juan Island in 1812


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  • Talisa Soto (b. 1967), American model and actress
  • John R. Soto, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 4th District, 1990
  • John Soto, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1980
  • Gloria Soto, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1988
  • Frank Soto, American politician, Village President of Bensenville, Illinois; Elected 2009
  • Cynthia Soto, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 2004, 2008
  • Augustin Soto, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Laredo, Texas, 1849-56
  • Anna M. Soto, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2000
  • Juan B. Soto, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1912 (alternate), 1924
  • Maria Eugenia Soto, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Puerto Rico, 2004

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  2. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  5. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Soto Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Soto 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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