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Early Origins of the Coto family

The surname Coto was first found in Taranto a seaport in Apulia and capital of the province of Lecce. It is situated on a rocky island in the Gulf of Tranto. The cathedral is dedicated to an Irish Bishop San Cataldo. It has been completely modernized but has a crypt of the 6th century. There is a fine collection of relics in San Pasquale museum, formerly a convent. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry. Undoubtedly, the family were originally Spanish of noble descent, they being described as the Cotugno of Toledo. Although the Spanish records are sparse it is apparent they sent military men or missionaries to both Friesland during the occupation of the Netherlands, and also to Napoli in Italy at a much earlier time. The Taranto branch was descended from Baron Cotugno of Napoli who also had descendents in Abbruzzo.

Early History of the Coto family

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Coto Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Cotugno, Cotugna, Cotugni, Cotogna and others.

Early Notables of the Coto family (pre 1700)

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Coto Ranking

In the United States, the name Coto is the 15,219th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Coto migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Coto Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Francisco Coto, who settled in America in 1527
Coto Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Santiago Coto, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1804 [2]
  • Francisco Coto, who landed in America in 1827 [2]
  • Joseph Coto, who landed in New York in 1838 [2]
  • Alvaro De Coto, who arrived in Florida in 1838 [2]
Coto Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alfred Coto, who settled in New York in 1926

Contemporary Notables of the name Coto (post 1700) +

  • Manuel Hector Coto (1961-2023), Cuban-born American screenwriter, television and film director, and producer of films and television programs, known as the executive producer and showrunner of Star Trek: Enterprise in its final season
  • Manny Coto (b. 1961), Cuban-American film writer, director and producer and showrunner of Star Trek: Enterprise in its final season
  • Joe Coto, American politician, Member of the California State Assembly (2004-2010)
  • Ana Coto (b. 1990), Puerto Rican-born American actress, best known for playing the lead role of Sarah Morris in the film Ouija
  • Víctor Coto Ortega (b. 1990), Italian-Costa Rican footballer
  • Wilfredo Coto (1917-1993), Cuban sports shooter who competed in the 50 m rifle event at the 1948 Summer Olympics
  • Fernando Coto Albán (1919-1989), Costa Rican jurist, President of the Supreme Court of Justice of Costa Rica (1975 to 1983)
  • Carolina Coto Segnini, Costa Rican model and actress now living in New York City
  • Carles Coto (b. 1988), Spanish footballer who plays for Greek club Volos N.F.C. as a right winger
  • Alfredo Coto (b. 1941), Argentine businessman

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  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) on Facebook