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The distinguished surname Sousa comes from Spain, a country rich in culture and history. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Spain were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The Spanish surname Sousa is the Castillian form of the Galician and Portuguese surname Souza or Sousa.

Sousa Early Origins



The surname Sousa was first found in Galicia, in northwestern Spain.

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Sousa Spelling Variations


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Sousa Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Sosa, de Sosa, Soso, Soza, Sousa, de Sousa, Souza and many more.

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Sousa Early History


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Sousa Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sousa research. Another 610 words (44 lines of text) covering the years 1037, 1139, and 1391 are included under the topic Early Sousa History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sousa Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sousa Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sousa Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sousa Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mathias Sousa, who landed in Maryland in 1633
  • Matthias Sousa, who arrived in Maryland in 1633
  • Abraham Sousa, who arrived in America in 1679

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sousa (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sousa (post 1700)



  • Melissa De Sousa (b. 1967), American actress
  • Lisa Sousa (b. 1962), American academic historian
  • John Philip Sousa (1854-1932), American composer and conductor best known for his military and patriotic marches
  • G. Gary Sousa, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1952
  • Francisco David Sousa (b. 1980), Spanish footballer
  • Tomé de Sousa (1503-1579), first governor-general of Brazil from 1549 to 1553
  • Tomas Bernardo Rodrigues Sousa (b. 1987), Portuguese rally driver
  • Osmel Ricardo Sousa (b. 1946), Venezuelan-Cuban impresario
  • Martim Afonso de Sousa (1500-1571), Portuguese fidalgo and explorer
  • Frederico Sousa (b. 1978), Portuguese rugby union footballer
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Sousa Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
    10. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
    11. ...

    The Sousa Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sousa 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 09:56.

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