Galician last name, a branch happened to Extremadura and Andalucía. Descends from the knight Méndez Sorodea, father of Payo Méndez Sorodea, whose son Men Páez populated the valley of Soto, and called him Sotomayor
There exists another version, a tragic one by the way; a knight under the service of the first-born of the kingdom of Galicia was conversing with the infant in a beautiful grove while throwing the lance. The infant was reached by a lance that the knight threw. The infant died. The knight appeared before the king and communicating such misfortune to him, he presented his sword to the king and requested to be killed. Due to such nobility and loyalty the king pardoned the knight. The king ordered the knight to change to black the red bars on his shield, so he could live the pain of such misfortune.
Its arms: On silver field three strips with two orders of jaqueles of gold and gules, separated by a saber bar.
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