Costa History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Notables of the Costa family (pre 1700)

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Costa World Ranking

In the United States, the name Costa is the 1,076th most popular surname with an estimated 27,357 people with that name. [1] However, in Canada, the name Costa is ranked the 963rd most popular surname with an estimated 5,601 people with that name. [2] And in France, the name Costa is the 387th popular surname with an estimated 10,900 people with that name. [3] South America ranks Costa as 54th with 74 people. [4]


United States Costa migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [5]
Costa Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Costa, French settler traveling aboard the ship "Le Beaumont" arriving in Louisiana on 19th August 1785 [6]
  • Mrs. Marguerite Costa (nee Trahan), French settler traveling aboard the ship "Le Beaumont" arriving in Louisiana on 19th August 1785 [6]
Costa Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Juan De Costa, who landed in America in 1812 [5]
  • Francisco Costa, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1813 [5]
  • Ventura Costa, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1816 [5]
  • Ramon Costa, aged 53, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1827 [5]
  • Pedro De Costa, who landed in Venezuela in 1834 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Costa migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [7]
Costa Settlers in West Indies in the 19th Century
  • Cristobal Costa, who arrived in Dominican Republic in 1837 [5]

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
  • Manuel José Dias Soares Costa (1933-2021), Portuguese politician who served as Minister of Agriculture from 1983 to 1984
  • Frank Aloysius Costa AO (1938-2021), Australian entrepreneur and philanthropist, President of Geelong Football Club (1998–2010)
  • Mr. Walter Benedict Anthony Da Costa B.E.M., British Asset Recovery for Finance and Data Analysis Lead at Strategic Centre of Organised Crime Office for Security and Counter Terrorism at Home Office, was appointed Medallist of the British Empire Medal 29th December 2018 for services to the Home Office [8]
  • José Carlos de Sequeira Costa (1929-2019), Portuguese pianist from Luanda, Angola
  • Mateus Galiano da Costa (b. 1984), Angolan footballer who plays for Portuguese club Boavista F.C
  • Maria Costa (1926-2016), Italian poet
  • José Fonseca e Costa GCIH (1933-2015), Portuguese film director
  • Giovanni Costa y Martínez (1826-1903), Italian landscape painter
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Peter David Costa (b. 1920), Corporal, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [9]
SS Caribou
  • Mr. K. F. Da Costa, (K. P.), British passenger who was Royal Fleet Auxilliary officer was travelling aboard the railway ferry "SS Caribou" when it was struck by a German submarine torpedo on 14th October 1942, the most significant sinking in Canadian waters at that time, he survived the sinking


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ https://forebears.io/surnames/
  3. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  4. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_common_surnames_in_South_America
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ 7 Ships Acadian Expedition of 1785 retrieved 13th October. (Retrieved from http://www.acadian-cajun.com/7ships.htm)
  7. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  8. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  9. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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