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The noble Portuguese surname Couto is of local 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.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Couto, do Couto, Coutos, Coutao and others.

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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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Couto research. Another 327 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1536, 1542, and 1616 are included under the topic Early Couto History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Couto Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Couto Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • I Couto, aged 30, landed in New Orleans, La in 1826
  • Pablo Couto, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1864

Couto Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Jacintho Couto, aged 35, who settled in America from Ribeira Funda, Azores St. Michael, in 1909
  • Domingos Couto, aged 34, who settled in America, in 1919
  • Angelo de Sa Couto, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States from Praeo do Spenho, Portugal, in 1919
  • Antonio Marques Couto, aged 14, who landed in America from Estarreja, Portugal, in 1920
  • Americo Soares Couto, aged 17, who landed in America from Ovar, Portugal, in 1920


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  • Kelly Couto, American voice actress
  • Carlos Couto (b. 1930), Brazilian fencer at the 1968 Summer Olympics
  • Manuela Couto (b. 1964), Portuguese actress
  • José Couto (b. 1978), Portuguese two-time silver medalist breaststroke swimmer in the 1990s
  • Jorge António Pinto do Couto (b. 1970), Portuguese retired footballer
  • Carla Sofia Basilio Couto (b. 1974), Portuguese football striker
  • Emanuel Couto (b. 1973), Portuguese former professional tennis player, ranked World No. 91 in 1997
  • Fernando Manuel Silva Couto (b. 1969), Portuguese retired footballer
  • Antonio do Couto, architect from Portugal
  • Ruy Ribeiro Couto, diplomat from Brazil

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The Couto Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Couto 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 24 December 2014 at 00:26.

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