Santos Family History

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Santos Name Meaning

from a personal name, byname, or nickname, dos Santos (from Spanish Todos los Santos ‘All Saints’, Portuguese Todos os santos), typically bestowed on a child born on All Saints’ Day. in many cases, a habitational name from any of the places named Santos, from the dedication of a local church or shrine to all the saints. This is a very common Portuguese surname.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Santo, Canto, Santoro, Antos, Santor, Banton, Sando, Sanzo, Salto

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Santos Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Santos name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Santos. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Portugal


  • England & Wales


  • Spain


  • Native American—North, Central, South


  • France


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Santos Family Origin

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Santos Family Occupations

What did your Santos ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Laborer, Farmer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Santos. The most common Santos occupation in the USA was Laborer. 30% of Santos's were Laborers. A less common occupation for the Santos family was Barber.

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  • Laborer

  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Barber


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Santos ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Santos Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 137,000 census records available for the last name Santos. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Santos census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 98,000 immigration records available for the last name Santos. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 20,000 military records available for the last name Santos. For the veterans among your Santos ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Santos Life Expectancy

What is the average Santos lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Santos life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Santos in 1942 was 31, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Santos

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Santos ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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