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Re: Are there any farther ancestors?
Posted by: Romelia Santillan Roney (ID *****1032) Date: October 11, 2004 at 17:37:26
In Reply to: Re: Are there any farther ancestors? by Edgardo Santillan of 131

Dear Edgardo, Thanks for writing. I used to think that my surname was very rare until I started researching it on the Web. I found that the name Santillan is a Sephardic name coming from Spain. There were 2 Santillans that came with the Conquistadores to the New World. One was Francisco Santillan who was an officer with the Coronado expedition and the other was Bernabe Santillan who was with the Juan Onate expedition. Francisco Santillan was wounded by Indians & returned to what is now Mexico City. There is also a city in Northern Spain named Santillan. It is right on the coast. My family came from San Luis Potosi, Mexico and settled in Texas. I had heard that the name Santillan was well-known in the Philipines. I guess somewhere along the line either Francisco or Bernabe Santillan ended up in the Philipines! I will share your information with the rest of my family. While we are not in the radio business there is one Santillan who is a scientist with Johnson & Johnson, another who is a biologist. Our family does tend to be musical though. Well, thanks again for writing & feel free to write again if you have any further updates. Romelia


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