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Distinguished surnames, such as Acosta, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Acosta, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. In Spain, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. Many Spanish local names reflect Arabic words or place-names because the Muslim Moors from the 8th to 12th centuries conquered Spain. The Acosta family originally lived on a slope, riverbank or along the coast. The surname Acosta is originally derived from the Old French word Coste, which referred to a slope or bank by the river.


The surname Acosta was first found in Castile, preeminent among the Christian kingdoms of medieval Spain.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Acosta, Costa, Costas, Dacosta and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Acosta research. Another 416 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1139, 1352, and 1867 are included under the topic Early Acosta History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 89 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Acosta Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Enrique de Acosta, who emigrated to America in 1527
  • Gonzalo de Acosta, a conquistador who voyaged with Diego García de Moguer and Sebastian Cabot to the Río de la Plata in 1527
  • Juan de Acosta, went to Florida in 1538
  • Magdalena de Acosta, went to Peru in 1592
  • Gerónimo de Acosta and his wife Juana de León, to Peru in 1593

Acosta Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Juan de Acosta, who assisted Pizarro in the conquest of Peru
  • Rosa Acosta, settled in New Orleans in 1821
  • Rosa Acosta, aged 30, landed in New Orleans, La in 1821
  • F. Acosta, aged 26, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1826
  • Federico Acosta, went to New Orleans in 1826

Acosta Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Adela Acosta, aged 35, who settled in America from Maiquetia, Venezuela, in 1923


  • Oscar Zeta Acosta (1935-1974), American attorney, author, politician, and activist
  • Bertrand Blanchard Acosta (1895-1954), American aviator who flew in the Spanish Civil War
  • Joaquín Acosta (1800-1852), 19th century Colombian explorer and author
  • Lautaro Acosta (b. 1988), Argentine footballer
  • Alberto Acosta (b. 1966), Argentine footballer
  • Sergio D. Acosta (b. 1981), Award Winning Filmmaker
  • Óscar Acosta (b. 1933), Honduran writer, critic, politician and diplomat
  • José Julián Acosta (1825-1891), Puerto Rican journalist and abolitionist


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The Acosta Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Acosta 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.

This page was last modified on 8 December 2015 at 13:01.

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