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Delossantos Coat of Arms / Delossantos Family Crest

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When the first immigrants from Europe went to America, the only names current in the new land were Indian names which did not appeal to Europeans vocally, and the Indian names did not influence the surnames or Christian names already possessed by the immigrants. Mostly the immigrant could not read or write and had little or no knowledge as to the proper spelling, and their names suffered at the hands of the government officials. The early town records are full of these mis-spelt names most of which gradually changed back to a more conventional spelling as education progressed. This surname of DELOSSANTOS was a locational name deriving from the smallest island of the Cyclades, which comes from the Greek word for a ring, as the rest of the islands encircle DELOS. In Greek legend it was called out of the deep by Poseidon and remained a floating island until Zeus chained it to the bottom of the sea. The legendary birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, DELOS became sacred to the former. It was long subject to Athens, but after the loss of Athenian seapower, achieved independence until it became a Roman naval centre. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error. Among the humbler classes of European society, and especially among illiterate people, individuals were willing to accept the mistakes of officials, clerks and priests as officially bestowing a new version of their surname, just as they had meekly accepted the surname they had been born with. In North America, the linguistic problems confronting immigration officials at Ellis Island in the 19th century were legendary as a prolific source of Anglicization.


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last updated on: September 13 2018

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