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

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

The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Cote is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cote research. Another 585 words (42 lines of text) covering the years 1595, 1472, 1656, 1735, 1613, 1600, 1707, 1810, 1841, 1789, 1472, 1564, 1626, 1604, 1681, 1656 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Cote History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that 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. Despite the loss of the Colony to England, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Cote surname were

Cote Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Eliz Cote, aged 22, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Eliz Cote, aged 22, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Elizabeth Coté settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Pierre Cote, who landed in Carolina in 1679

Cote Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A Cote, aged 30, landed in New Orleans, La in 1825
  • Marcellin Cote, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852

Cote Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Daniel Cote, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Andre Cote, aged 23, who landed in America from Bordeaux, France, in 1917
  • James Cote, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1918
  • Edmond Cote, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Edmond Cote, aged 56, who settled in Fall River, Massachusetts in 1920
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Cote Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • A. C. Cote, aged 50, who landed in Montreal, Canada, in 1907
  • Ceslas Cote, aged 38, who emigrated to Ottawa, Ottawa, in 1914
  • Abraham Cote, aged 46, who emigrated to Quebec, Canada, in 1915
  • Alice Anna Cote, aged 58, who emigrated to Quebec, Canada, in 1922
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  • Pierre F. Cote, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Nashua 9th Ward, 1948
  • Ovide J. Cote, American politician, Delegate to Maine convention to ratify 21st amendment from Kennebec County, 1933
  • Norman Cote, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 1964
  • Louis N. Cote, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Brooklyn, 1948
  • Eugene Cote, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Circuit Judge in Michigan 31st Circuit, 1935; Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 7th District, 1938
  • Edmond Cote (b. 1863), American Republican politician, Member of Massachusetts Governor's Council 1st District, 1931-36
  • Ed Cote, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 2000, 2004, 2008; Member of Democratic National Committee from Washington, 2004-08
  • Armand H. Cote (b. 1909), American Democrat politician, Secretary of State of Rhode Island, 1941-57; Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, 1957-59
  • Albert Cote, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 1956, 1964
  • Aime H. Cote, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1952
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    Other References

    1. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    10. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
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