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The original bearer of the name Sotomayor, 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 Sotomayor 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 Sotomayor 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 Sotomayor research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1227 and 1830 are included under the topic Early Sotomayor 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 Sotomayor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sotomayor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Francisco De Sotomayor, who landed in America in 1811
  • Gutierre De Sotomayor, who landed in America in 1811
  • Alonso De Sotomayor, who arrived in America in 1835
  • Pedro De Sotomayor, who landed in Florida in 1838
  • Rafael De Sotomayor, who arrived in New Spain in 1855


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  • Sonia Sotomayor (b. 1954), U.S. Supreme Court justice
  • Víctor Sotomayor (b. 1968), retired Argentine football player
  • Liesel Holler Sotomayor, Miss Peru 2004
  • Carlos Sotomayor (1911-1988), Chilean painter, one of the principal exponents of the cubism from South America
  • Federico Sotomayor y Vigil, Peruvian military officer


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  7. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
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