Coste History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Coste name comes from that Medieval landscape of southern France known as Languedoc. The name Coste was originally derived from the family having lived in Languedoc, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Coste family

The surname Coste was first found in Languedoc, where they are recorded as one of the distinguished ancient families of that region.

The Cot or Cote family were well educated and learned people and there are many instances in the records of this. The Les Cot family of Limoges developed one of the first printing methods, with hot lead type, which they took to Paris in the 1600's. Pierre was an author of a book on the origins of printing in 1707.

Jean Pierre Cote, a noted poet, was born in Briancon in 1810. Jean-Leopold left on his death a "Dictionnaire de la législation des états sardes" in 1841. Jean André de Cot, descended from the Tournon branch of the family and, born in Briancon in 1789, campaigned against the war of the Empire, and his son Alexis was the owner of the "Journal de Tournon".

Jean Cote settled in Quebec in 1634 and married Anne Martin on 17th November 1635. Together they had five sons that carried on the family name of Cote. Jean was buried in Quebec on 28th March 1661. [1]

Early History of the Coste family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coste research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1595, 1472, 1656, 1735, 1613, 1472, 1564, 1626, 1604, 1681, 1656 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Coste History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Coste Spelling Variations

History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name Coste, some of which include Cote, Cot, Cotte, Cott, Kott, Kote, Cotée, Cotet, Cotin, Coton, Cottet, Cottin, Cotton, Cotard, Cottard, Lacotte, Cotté, Cottu, Cottarel, Cottebrune, Cotner, Cottez and many more.

Early Notables of the Coste family (pre 1700)

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United States Coste migration to the United States +

Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Coste has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Coste were

Coste Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Isaac Coste, who landed in South Carolina in 1738 [2]
Coste Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Louis Coste, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1808 [2]
  • Jacques A Coste, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1813 [2]
  • Emilio Coste, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1869 [2]
  • Andrew Coste, who landed in Mississippi in 1892 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Coste (post 1700) +

  • Christopher Robert Coste (b. 1973), American Major League Baseball catcher
  • Emile Coste (b. 1862), French Olympian who won gold for fencing during the 1900 games
  • Brigadier-General Jean Coste (1881-1960), French Commanding Officer during World War II [3]
  • Xavier Pascal Coste (1787-1879), French architect
  • Claude Antoine Jean Georges Napoléon Coste (1805-1883), French guitarist and composer

Empress of Ireland
  • Ms. Dalahea Coste, Hungarian Third Class Passenger from Szedged, Hungary who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland [4]

  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 3) Jean Coste. Retrieved from
  4. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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