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Last name origins & meanings:

  1. Portuguese and Galician: habitational name from any of the numerous places in Portugal named Sousa. The place name is of pre-Roman origin.
  2. John Philip Sousa (1854–1932), the American composer, was born in Washington, DC, the son of a U.S. Marine Corps bandmaster. His father was born in Spain, the son of a Portuguese refugee, and had emigrated to America in the 1840s.
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