origin, as it is derived from the name of a place where a man once lived or owned land. It is derived from the Portuguese word "couto," which means "reserved ground or preserve." Thus, it simply indicates that the original bearer came from, or was the owner of such a place.
The surname Couto was first found in the region of Portugal. Early records of the Couto name from the thirteenth century indicate that Rui Goncalves do Couto was the original bearer of the surname as he was the son of Goncalo Rodrigues da Maia, who was the lord of the preserve, "couto" of Palmazaos.
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