Santos (surname)

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Family name
Pronunciation ˈsɐ̃tus
Meaning Saints
Region of origin Portugal, Spain, Italy
Related names Dos Santos, De Los Santos, Santo, De Santo, De Santos, Del Santo, Santi, Santis, Santiz, Senti, Sentis, Sanctorum

Santos, originally Italian, Portuguese or Spanish for Saints (singular Santo), is a common surname of Christian origin in Portuguese and Spanish-speaking countries and the Philippines. Sometimes it can be the final part of a given name, generally preceded by the particle dos (mostly in Portugal and Galicia) or de los (mostly in Spain) (of the, meaning of the Saints, as in Miguel dos Santos, Michael of the Saints).

It is a last name very common Catholic 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 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. It was also a way to shorten the names of Brazilians, if it were not so would: Manuel da Bahia de Todos os Santos (en: Manuel of the Bay of All Saints).

There are also other Iberian grammatical forms that are De Santo, De Santos, Del Santo, Santi, Santis, Santiz, Senti, Sentis and others. It is a name associated with a great number of different people:


The Coat of arms of Alexandre Jose Maria dos Santos, who is a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church.






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