Santos Surname Name Meaning, Origin, History, & Etymology
This popular Portuguese and Spanish (and sometimes Italian) last name derives from the personal (first), byname, or nickname dos Santos, a name typically given to a child born on All Saint’s Day. In other cases, the same is a habitational name referring to a person from any of several places in the Iberian Peninsula called Santos, towns or villages named after the dedication of a local church or shrine to all the saints. The name dos Santos comes from the Spanish Todos los Santos, meaning “All Saints”, or from the Portguese Todos os santos. Ultimately, the name derives from the Roman or Latin word santcus, meaning blameworthy.
The name first established itself in the Andalucia, a region in the southern Iberian Peninsula, once settled by Carthaginians and Romans, Vandals and Visigoths, and then Islamic Berbers. The name also established itself in the Kingdom of Castile, a powerful state located on the Iberian Peninsula (modern day Spain) during the Middle Ages that existed between 1065-1230 AD, and existed as the County of Castile beginning in the 800s AD.
Spelling variants include: Desantos, Sentis, Santiz, Sontos, Desontos, Santtos, Santoos, Santo, and Santero. Foreign equivalents include Saint (English) Sant or Saunt (French), Saintin and Sainteau (French), Santesson (Swedish), and Santucci and Sanetello (Italian).
Wikipedia offers the following statement in regard to this name: “It is a last name very common Christian origin among the poorest and descendants of slaves in the state of Bahia, the province with the largest number of slaves in Brazil, from the end of the Brazilian Empire and the abolition of slavery in Brazil, at the end of the nineteenth century, started to use surname Santos as identification toponymic origin of the Bay of All Saints. An example is a slave who had no name, after the abolition became Manuel Santos, Manuel a common name in Portuguese-speaking countries and Santos to indicate that was Bahian origin”.
Ciudad-Real.es states the following in regarding to the origin and history: “Este linaje procede de Asturias, aunque hubo otra casa solar muy antigua en la villa de Santillana y varias ramas pasaron a la también villa de Espinosa. Antes de continuar con la explicación de este linaje, se deberá hacer constar que la casa de Santos está entroncada con las de Toro, Serrano, Beltrán, Freire, Vines de Denia, y Espinosa de los Monteros, así como con los Díez de la Fuente y Roca de Togores y otras no menos ilustres. El entronque con los Roca de Togores se llevó a efecto mediante el matrimonio de don Miguel de los Santos Fournier, que fue capitán de ganaderos de Puebla de los Angeles, con doña Magdalena Roca de Togores. Habrá que decir que este linaje, los Roca de Togores, estaba establecido en Orihuela desde que esta ciudad fue reconquistada del poder de los sarracenos y procedía de Mallorca. Uno de los caballeros que acompañaron al rey don Jaime I, en la conquista de aquella isla fue don Guillén de Togores que participó activamente en la conquista de Mallorca, en el año 1.229, en la de Valencia en el año 1.238, y en las de Orihuela y Murcia, año 1.366”.
One of the earliest documented instances of the name was that of G. Orellana Santos, daughter of Maria, who was baptized in San Pedro, Tarata, Cochabamba, Bolivia in 1473.
Popularity & Geographic Distribution
The last name Santos ranks 279th popularity in the United Status as of the 2000 Census. The name ranks particularly high in the following five states: Rhode Islands (18th), Massachusetts (44th), Hawaii (50th), New Jersey (64th), and Connecticut (96th).
In Spain, the name ranks 48th. In the Philippines, it ranks 6th. The surname Santos frequency/commonness ranks as follows in the Latin and South America: Brazil (11th), Peru (78th), Mexico (74th), Guatemala (54th), Honduras (33rd), Panama (24th), Colombia (252nd), Venezuela (374th), Argentina (274th), Nicaragua (504th), Ecuador (131st), Cuba (73rd), Chile (484th), Bolivia (151st), Uruguay (59th), Dominican Republic (35th), Costa Rica (432nd), Paraguay (384th) and El Salvador (49th).
Santos Family Tree & Santos Genealogy
Joam Santos was born around 1534. He married Lianor Dias. They had a son named Domingos Santos (aka Martins Santos) who was born in Faro do Algarve around 1554 AD. He married Breatiz Costa.
Simon Santos was born in Arrecife, Canary Islands, Spain around 1660. He married Anna Rodriguez and had a son with her named Antonio. Antonio de los Santos was born in the same place around 1680. He married Isabel Rodriguez and had the following issue with her: Miguel de Los Santos, Ana Leal, Catarina, Maria, and Josefa. Miguel was born in Arrecife in 1713. In 1744, he married Juana Francisca Galvan, and had the following issue with her: George, Francisco Xavier, and Ana Josefa. His son, George de los Santos was born in La Villa de San Fernando de Bejar in 1745. He married Bernarda Peres and Josefa Estrada. He had three children: Maria Paula, Maria Gertrudis, and Fernando. His son Fernando was born in the same place in 1795.
Nicolas de los Santos was born in Aguascalientes, Mexico around 1615. In 1637, he married Maria Diaz and had the following issue with her: Mateo, Tomasa, Matias, Joseph, Diego, Felipe, Nicolas, Juana, and Luisa. His son Nicolas was born in the same town in 1647. He married Maria Magdalena de Chavez and had the following children with her: Maria Cayetana, Niclas, Rosa Maria, Antonia, Felipe, Maria, Teresa, Sebastian, Jose, Angela, Catalina, Magdalena, Isidro, and Juan de Dios. Five of his sons are discussed below and all had issue:
1) Nicolás de Santos was born in 1664 in Aguascalientes, México. He married Luisa Dominguez and had the following issue: Juan Manuel, Nicolas Tadeo, Maria de San Juan, Gertrudis, and Cristobal
2) Felipe de Santos was born in 1677. In 1703, he married Maria de la Pena and had two issue: Gertrudis and Margarita.
3) Sebastián de Santos was born around 1685 in Aguascalientes, México in Aguascalientes. In 1717, he married Rosa Maria Macias and had theee daugheters: Maria de los Dolores, Maria de Guadalupe, and Maria Andrea.
4) José de Santos was born in 1685. In 1709, he married Ana Macias, and had a son named Pedro Antonio.
5) Isidro de Santos was born in 1696. In 1727, he married Juana Quieria Garcia de Leon and had the following children: Maria Antonia, Igancio, Margarita, Mateo, and Maria Estefania. His son Igancio Buenaventura de Santos was born in 1731 in Jalisco, Mexico. He married Maria Teresa Franco and was the father of the following children: Pedro, Clara Josefa, Maria Rita, Ignacio, and Rafael.
Some marriages involving the Santos last name include:
1) Francisco Ferreira dos Santos married Maria da Conceição in Santa Maria, Campanhã, Porto, Porto, Portugal in 1625
2) Francisco Santos married Maria Antonia in Sao Martinho, Cedofeita, Porto, Porto, Portugal in 1653
3) Francisco Antonio Santos married Manuela De Jesus in Yhualapan, Mexico in 1811
4) Lucas Santos married Manuela De La Trinidad in Yhualapan, Mexico in 1805
5) Ricardo Joseph Santos married Juana Maria in Yhualapan, Mexico in 1787
6) Luis Santos married Maria Magarita Castillo Basquez in Tlanchinol, Hidalgo, Mexico in 1872
7) Juan Santos married Ana Reina in San Nicholas De Bari, Valladoid, Spain in 1615
8) Ramon dos Santos married Maria de Neyra in Santiago, Miraz, Lugo in 1806
9) Antonio dos Santos married Dominga Perez in San Mamed, Nodar, Lugo, Spain in 1569
10) Pedro dos Santos married Dominga da Roca in San Mamed, Nodar, Lugo, Spain in 1759
11) Cecilio Santos married Ann Amelia Fernandez in Boston, Massachusetts in 1866
12) Jose Santos married Sarah Lane in Monterey, California in May 1866
Early American and New World Settlers
Several thousand members of the Santos family came to the United States through Ellis Island, during the nineteenth century, including:
1) Louis Santos came from Spain aboard the St. Laurent in 1874
2) Clestine Santos came from Havana, Cuba aboard the Crescent City in 1874
3) Rodrigodos came from Brazil aboard the Elbe in 1889
4) Manuel Santos came from Portugal aboard the Orinoco in 1890
5) Jose A. Santos came from Portugal aboard the Russia in 1876
6) Isaac Santos came from Costa Rica aboard the Acapulco in 1874
7) Domingo Santos came from Venezuela aboard the Laura Pride in 1872
8) Maria Santos came from Austria aboard the SS Fumessia in 1889
9) Fran Santos came from Spain aboard the Fama De Canarias in 1890
10) Henry Santos came from Portugal aboard the Odessa in 1836
11) Vincenzo Santos came from Italy aboard the Holland in 1880
12) Franco Santos came from Spain aboard the Roanoke in 1864
There are hundreds of notable people with the Santos surname. This page will mention a handful. Famous people with this last name include:
1) Alberto Santos-Dumont (1873-1932) was a Brazilian inventor and aviation pioneer, the heir of a wealth family of coffee producers, born in Palmira, Minas Gerais
2) Lúcia de Jesus Rosa dos Santos (1907-2005), better known as Lucia of Fatima, was a Catholic nun born in Fatima, Portugal who is famous for being one of three children who claimed to have an apparitions of the Virgin Mary in 1917
3) José Abad Santos (1886-1942) was the 5th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines from 1941-1942, born in San Fernando, Pampanga
4) Alvaro Santos (1980) was a professional soccer (football) player born in Sao Paulo, Brazil whose career spanned from 1999-2014, playing for several teams including the Helsingborgs IF
5) Djalma Santos (1929-2013) was a Brazilian football (soccer) player from Sao Paulo who played for three different teams (Portuguesa, Palmeiras, and Atletico Paranaense) from 1948-1970, and played in four World Cups: 1954, 1958, 1962, and 1966
6) Víctor Irving Santos (1976) was a professional baseball player in the MLB from 2001-2007 for six different teams including the Milwaukee Brewers, born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
7) Omir Santos Rios (1981) was a former catcher in the MLB who played from 2008-2013 for four different teams (Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets, Detroit Tigers, and Cleveland Indians), born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico
8) Conrad Santos (1934-2016) was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, Canada from 1981-1988 and from 1990-2007, born in the Philippines
9) António dos Santos Ramalho Eanes was the 16th President of Portugal from 1976 to 1986, born in Alcains, Castelo Branco
10) General José Santos Guardiola Bustillo (1816-1862) was the President of Honduras from 1856-1962, born in Tegucigalpa
11) José Santos Zelaya López (1853-1919) who was the President of Nicaragua from 1893-1909
Santos America Civil War Veterans
There were several soldiers with the last name Santos who served in the American Civil War, including the following:
1) Manuel DeSantos of the 39th Regiment New York Infantry (Union)
2) Antione DeSantos of the 130th Regiment Illinois Infantry (Union)
3) Joaquin S. DeSantos of the of the 5th Regiment European Brigade Louisiana Militia (Confederacy)
4) S.O. DeSantos of the 7th Battalion Louisiana Infantry (Confederacy)
5) Antonio DeSantos of the 77th Regiment Illinois Infantry (Union)