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Where did the English Coster family come from? What is the English Coster family crest and coat of arms? When did the Coster family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Coster family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Coster, Costar, Costard, Costerman and others.

First found in Gloucestershire in the west of England where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coster research. Another 169 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coster History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 23 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coster Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Coster Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Andrew Coster, who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Andrew Coster, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • Hans Coster, who arrived in America in 1657
  • Hans Coster, who settled in America in 1657
  • Hendrik Coster, who arrived in New Netherland in 1658


Coster Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • David Coster, who arrived in Maryland in 1733
  • H. Henry Coster, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1753
  • Joshua Coster arrived in New England in 1774
  • Henry A. Coster, who came to New York in 1784
  • Henry A Coster, who landed in New York in 1784

Coster Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Abraham Coster, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Friderick Coster, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Friderick Coster, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Charles Henry Coster, who settled in Philadelphia in 1810
  • Pedro A Coster, aged 28, arrived in Key West, Fla in 1845


Coster Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Coster landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Geo Fife
  • John Coster arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842
  • Mary Coster arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842
  • Charles Coster, aged 18, a farm labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842

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  • Charles Coster (1837-1888), American soldier and public official
  • Nicolas Coster (b. 1934), British-born American actor
  • Ritchie Coster, Actor
  • Charles De Coster (1827-1879), Belgian novelist
  • Dirk Coster (1889-1950), Dutch physicist
  • Stan Coster (1930-1997), Australian country musician


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  2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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  4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Coster Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Coster 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 9 April 2012 at 08:49.

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