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Costa Early Origins



The surname Costa was first found in the 12th century with the Costa family in the city of Genoa.

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Costa Spelling Variations


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Costa 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 characteristi c. 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 Costa include Costa, Costi, Coste, Da Costa, Dalla Costa and many more.

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Costa Early History


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Costa Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Costa research. More information is included under the topic Early Costa History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Costa Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Costa Early Notables (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 Costa 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



An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Costa arrived in North America very early:

Costa Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • Pedro de Costa, went to Venezuela in 1534
  • Cristóbal Costa, went to Hispaniola in 1537

Costa Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Matthias De Costa, who landed in Maryland in 1666-1750

Costa Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Juan De Costa, who landed in America in 1812
  • Francisco Costa, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1813
  • Ventura Costa, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • Ramon Costa, aged 53, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1827
  • Pedro De Costa, who landed in Venezuela in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Costa (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Costa (post 1700)



  • David Joseph "Dave" Costa (1941-2013), American NFL football defensive tackle
  • Johnny Costa (1922-1996), American jazz pianist
  • Maria Costa (1926-2016), Italian poet
  • Giovanni Costa y Martínez (1826-1903), Italian landscape painter
  • José Fonseca e Costa GCIH (1933-2015), Portuguese film director
  • Luis Araujo Costa (1885-1956), Spanish writer and critic
  • Sir Michael Andrew Angus Costa (1810-1884), Italian-born conductor and composer
  • Lucio Costa (1902-1998), Brazilian architect and urban planner
  • Gal Costa (b. 1945), Brazilian pop singer
  • Joaquin Costa (1846-1911), Spanish historian

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Costa Historic Events


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Costa Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Peter David Costa (b. 1920), Corporal, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    5. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    10. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    11. ...

    The Costa Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Costa 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 September 2016 at 13:25.

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