Early Origins of the Cossta family
The surname Cossta was first found in the 12th century with the Costa family in the city of Genoa.
Early History of the Cossta family
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Cossta Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations
. The recorded spellings of Cossta include Costa, Costi, Coste, Da Costa, Dalla Costa and many more.
Early Notables of the Cossta family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Giovanni Costa, who was involved in the governmental council in Piedmont
during the 15th century; Cesare Costa of Assisi was a priest and lawyer around 1438; Lorenzo Costa was a famous painter in Bologna around this time, whose works can be... Another 144 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cossta Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cossta family to the New World and Oceana
An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Cossta arrived in North America very early: Angelo Costa and Stephano Costa, who arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the EMS from Naples, Stephen Costa, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1866, William Costa, who arrived in the same city in 1878, Rudolph and Joseph Costa, who settled in Philadelphia in 1880, and Antonio Costa, who arrived in New York in 1908..