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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Soto

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  1. A school of Zen buddhism in Japan, based on gradual attainment of enlightenment through meditation.

Soto was also found in the following language(s): Serbo-Croatian and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Soto


Soto was born in 1833. He passed away in 1900.


Soto Raphtis is an athlete for the AFC Ann Arbor.


Soto Roberts is an athlete for the Monrovia Black Star FC.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Soto

Talisa Soto is an actress, model, and model (people). She has had major accomplishments since 1984. Talisa was given the name Miriam Talisa Soto on March 27th, 1967 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. Talisa is also known as Desiree More.


Victoria Leigh Soto was a teacher. Victoria was born on November 4th, 1985 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States. She breathed her last breath on December 14th, 2012.


Jeff Scott Soto is a hard rock, arena rock, heavy metal music, power metal, and funk musician and singer-songwriter. He plays Guitar, Trumpet, and Vocals. His most notable accomplishments were from 1983 to present. Jeff was born on November 4th, 1965 in Brooklyn.


Joe was born on March 22nd, 1987 in Porterville, California.


Blanca Soto is an actress, model, former beauty queen, beauty pageant, and formerbeauty queen. She holds the title Miss Verano Viña del Mar 1997, Corona al Mérito 2005, Nuestra Belleza Morelos 1997, Nuestra Belleza Mundo México 1997, Nuestra Belleza Morelos, and Nuestra Belleza México 1997. She has been prominent since 1997. Blanca was given the name Blanca Delfina Soto Benavides on January 5th, 1979 in Monterrey.


Gary Soto is a poetry, novels, memoirs, children's literature, and poetry (magazine) writer. He was most prominent from 1977 to present. Gary was given the name Gary Anthony Soto on April 12th, 1952 in Fresno, California.


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Popularity of Soto as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Soto U.S.
  White 5.15% 64.26%
  African American 0.48% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.44% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.26% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.22% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 93.45% 16.26%

Of Last Name Soto

People with the last name Soto are most frequently Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Soto

  • How Popular is the name Soto? As a last name Soto was the 191st most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Soto first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Soto is Tuesday, November 5th, 1889.
  • How unique is the name Soto? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Soto. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Soto: Your name in reverse order is Otos. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Otso. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Soto? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 144,451 people with the last name Soto.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Soto? Soto was ranked as the 191st most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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