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Soto Family History

Soto Name Meaning

Spanish: habitational name from any of numerous places called (El) Soto from soto ‘grove small wood’ (from Latin saltus). Compare De Soto and Zoto . Asturian-Leonese: Castilianized form of a habitational name from the town of Sotu in Asturias (Spain). Galician: Castilianized form of Souto a cognate of 1 above.

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


Similar surnames: Souto, Coto, Cota, Soll, Salto, Toro, Seto, Noto, Toto, Sorto

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Where is the Soto family from?

You can see how Soto families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Soto family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Soto families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Soto family living in Alabama. This was about 50% of all the recorded Soto's in USA. Alabama and 1 other state had the highest population of Soto families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Soto surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Soto ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Soto. 26% of Soto men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Soto women worked as a Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Soto were Farm Laborer and Housewife. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    26%
  • Labrador
    9%
  • Jornalero
    6%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    8%
  • Seamstress
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Housewife
    6%
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Census Records

There are 170,000 census records available for the last name Soto. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Soto census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 54,000 immigration records available for the last name Soto. 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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There are 13,000 military records available for the last name Soto. For the veterans among your Soto ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Soto lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Soto life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1966. The average life expectancy for Soto in 1944 was 48, and 68 in 2004.

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