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The Costello surname came to Ireland with the Anglo- Norman invasion of the 12th century. They were originally from the Norman family Nangles, or de Angulos, and descended in Ireland from Gilbert de Nangle. Costello and associated variations come from the personal name of a son of Gilbert, Oisdealbhach, whose name consists of the elements "os," which means "deer or fawn", and "dealbhadh," which means "in the form of" or "resembling." The Gaelic form of the surname Costello, which predated the Anglicized version of the name, is Mac Oisdealbhaigh. This is the earliest recorded example of a Norman family assuming a Mac surname. The prefix O has sometimes been erroneously assumed.

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The surname Costello was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they were granted lands by the Earl of Pembroke in the Anglo- Norman invasion of 1172.

Names were simply spelled as they sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, his name was often spelt in many different ways, explaining the many spelling variations encountered while researching the name Costello. Some of these variations included: Costello, MacCostello, Costillo, Costallo, Kostello, McCostello, Caustello, Costellow and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Costello research. Another 275 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1500, 1803 and 1865 are included under the topic Early Costello History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Costello Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Irish immigration to North American began in the late 18th century as many Irish families desired to own their own land. This pattern of immigration grew slowly yet steadily until the 1840s. At that time, a failed crop and a growing population in Ireland resulted in the Great Potato Famine. Poverty, disease, and starvation ravaged the land. To ease their pain and suffering the Irish often looked upon North America as a solution: hundreds of thousands undertook the voyage. Their arrival meant the growth of industry and commerce for British North America and the United States. For the individual Irishman, it meant survival and hope, and the opportunity for work, freedom, and ownership of land. The early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Costello:

Costello Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Honor Costello who landed in America in 1756
  • Robert Costello, who landed in America in 1760-1763

Costello Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edmond Costello, aged 35, arrived in Maryland in 1813
  • Thomas Costello, who landed in New York NY in 1815
  • Ellen Costello, aged 55, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • Ann Costello settled in New York State in 1848
  • Bridget Costello settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1850
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Costello Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Sam Costello, who arrived in Alabama in 1922

Costello Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Anastasia Costello, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • Collin Costello, aged 25, a shoemaker, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Elizabeth" from Galway, Ireland
  • Joseph Costello, aged 20, a shoemaker, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Elizabeth" from Galway, Ireland
  • Thomas Costello, aged 12, a shoemaker, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Elizabeth" from Galway, Ireland

Costello Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Costello, aged 16, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin"
  • Margaret Costello, aged 18, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin"
  • Ellen Costello, aged 16, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849
  • Margaret Costello, aged 18, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849
  • John Costello, English Convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
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Costello Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Peter Costello arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
  • John Costello, aged 30, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
  • Margaret Costello, aged 23, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
  • Patrick Costello, aged 9 months, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
  • Catherine Costello, aged 21, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
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  • Mark Costello (1955-2015), American politician, Commissioner of Labor of Oklahoma from 2011 to 2015
  • Paul Vincent Costello (1894-1986), American triple Olympic Gold Medal winner
  • Maurice Costello (1877-1950), American vaudeville actor
  • John Costello (b. 1850), U.S. Navy sailor and Medal of Honor recipient
  • Helene Costello (1906-1957), American silent film actress
  • Vice Admiral Barry M. Costello, American Commander of the US Third Fleet of the United States Navy, (2005 to 2007)
  • Louis Francis "Lou" Costello (1906-1959), American actor and comedian best known as half of the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, with Bud Abbott
  • De Clan Costello (b. 1926), Irish jurist, member of the Irish Parliament and Attorney-General
  • John Aloysius Costello (1891-1976), Irish Attorney General of Ireland from 1926 to 1932 and Taoiseach from 1948 to 1951
  • Carol Costello (b. 1961), CNN correspondent
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Costello Historic Events



RMS Lusitania

  • Miss Mary Costello, American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Thomas Costello, Irish Fireman from Killawalla, County Mayo, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ne te quaesiveris extra
Motto Translation: Seek nothing beyond your sphere.

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    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    8. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
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    10. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
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