Sousa History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Sousa Ranking

In the United States, the name Sousa is the 2,156th most popular surname with an estimated 14,922 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Sousa is ranked the 3,445th most popular surname with an estimated 2,000 - 2,500 people with that name. [2]


United States Sousa migration to the United States +

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 [3]
  • Matthias Sousa, who arrived in Maryland in 1633 [3]
  • Abraham Sousa, who arrived in America in 1679 [3]

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 Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1952 [4]
  • João Crisostomo de Abreu e Sousa (1811-1895), army general who became the Prime Minister of Portugal 1890–1892
  • Tomas Bernardo Rodrigues Sousa (b. 1987), Portuguese rally driver
  • Osmel Ricardo Sousa (b. 1946), Venezuelan-Cuban impresario
  • Tomé de Sousa (1503-1579), first governor-general of Brazil from 1549 to 1553
  • Martim Afonso de Sousa (1500-1571), Portuguese fidalgo and explorer
  • Frederico Sousa (b. 1978), Portuguese rugby union footballer
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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