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Where did the French Decoteau family come from? What is the French Decoteau family crest and coat of arms? When did the Decoteau family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Decoteau family history?

The noble French surname Decoteau is of local origin, deriving from a geographic feature near where the initial bearer once resided. In this instance, the name is derived from the French word "cote," which, in a geographic sense, means "by the coast."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Lacoste, Lacostes, La Coste, La Costes, Lacauste, Lacaustes, La Caustes, La Causte, De Lacoste, De Lacostes, De Lacauste, De Lacaustes, Coste, Cost, Coust, Couste, Caust, Costes, Causte, Caustes, Decoteau, Costil, Cotel, Coteau and many more.

First found in Languedoc where this illustrious family held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Decoteau research. Another 368 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1593, 1650, 1696, 1700, 1704, 1790, 1791, 1792, 1808, 1816, and 1877 are included under the topic Early Decoteau History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 42 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Decoteau Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: B. Lacoste, aged 30; settled in New Orleans in 1821; Emily LaCoste, aged 22; settled in New York in 1822; Felix LaCoste, aged 29; settled in New York in 1822.

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The Decoteau Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Decoteau Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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