SOSA and SOZA are
respellings of the Portuguese surname Sousa. This lineage is traced
to a Spanish Basque baptismal title "Sus" meaning "fire-guardian."
designation referred to a citizen appointed to tend sacred pagan
fires in a pre-Christian temple. Fire was a symbol of spiritual
light. The Sousas or De Souzas were among high Portuguese nobility.
Their coat of arms has three red diagonal stripes across a gold
clipping regarding inquiring by Mrs. Maria Moreno Soza Gonzales,
c. 1973, written to LaReina Rule at Southland Magazine, 604 Pine
Ave., Long Beach, California, for origin, meaning and brief genealogy.