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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.

Acosta Early Origins



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

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Acosta Spelling Variations


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Acosta Spelling Variations



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

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Acosta Early History


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Acosta Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Acosta Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Acosta Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family were Alvaro de Acosta, sixteenth century nobleman from Valladolid; José de Acosta, sixteenth century Spanish author and naturalist; Félix Acosta y Riaza, eighteenth century Cuban patriot; Pedro Costa, eighteenth century Spanish sculptor; Joaquín de Acosta, nineteenth century Colombian historian...

Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Acosta Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Acosta Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Acosta Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Acosta (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Acosta (post 1700)



  • Robert Acosta, American Republican politician, Candidate for Virgin Islands legislature from St. Croix, 2002
  • Raymond L. Acosta (b. 1925), American politician, U.S. District Judge for Puerto Rico, 1982-94
  • R. Alexander Acosta, American Republican politician, Member, National Labor Relations Board, 2002-03
  • Patricia Acosta, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2000, 2004
  • Lynette Acosta, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Florida, 2012
  • Luis O. Acosta, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Superior, Arizona, 1964-67 (acting, 1964-65)
  • Guillermo Acosta, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 17th District, 2006
  • Carmen Acosta, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2004
  • Adam L. Acosta, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996
  • Rolando T. Acosta, American politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 1st District;Elected 2002
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    8. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    11. ...

    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.

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