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The distinguished surname Souza 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 Souza is the Castillian form of the Galician and Portuguese surname Souza or Sousa.

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

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


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

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Souza Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Eligio Souza, who sailed to Puerto Rico in 1881
  • Eligio Souza, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1881

Souza Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Agostinho Jose Tavaies Souza, aged 25, who settled in America from Neiros, Portugal, in 1912
  • Amalia Souza, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Loule, Portugal, in 1916
  • Adelaide Souza, aged 22, who landed in America from Lisbon, Portugal, in 1916
  • Alexandre Souza, aged 22, who settled in America from Villa Verde, Portugal, in 1916
  • Alfredo Souza, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Va. P. Aguiar, Portugal, in 1916


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  • Joe Souza (b. 1970), American singer and actor
  • Justin Richard Souza (b. 1985), American professional baseball player
  • Steven E. de Souza (b. 1947), American producer, director and screenwriter
  • Pete Souza (b. 1954), American photojournalist and the current chief White House photographer for President Barack Obama
  • Michael Souza (b. 1978), American professional ice hockey forward
  • Edward Souza (1921-1979), American soccer player
  • James Souza, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Hawaii, 1964
  • Florentin Souza, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Champerico, 1884
  • Elsie Souza, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1996, 2004
  • Cliff Souza, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2004

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  1. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
  8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
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The Souza Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Souza 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 15 January 2016 at 23:27.

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