Santos (surname)

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Word/nameSanctorum (latin for saints)
Region of originPortugal, Spain, Italy, France,
Other names
Variant form(s)Dos Santos, De Los Santos, Spekpeko, De Santo, De Santos, Del Santo, Santi, Santis, Santiz, Senti, Sentis, Sanctorum

Santos is a surname of Christian origin in Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French languages. The English translation of Santos is Saints. A singular version, Santo, may be seen.

It is a very common last name of 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, many former slaves in the province started to use the Santos surname 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 he was of 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 many famous people:


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






  • Santos Family, in the American soap opera Guiding Light
  • Lúcio Correia dos Santos, a playable character in Overwatch.
  • Matt Santos, character on the United States television show The West Wing
  • Manny Santos (Degrassi: The Next Generation), character on the Canadian television show Degrassi: The Next Generation
  • Joaquin DeSantos, character on the United States television series Riverdale

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