The surname Da costa was first found in the 12th century with the Costa family in the city of Genoa.
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Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations
. The recorded spellings of Da costa include Costa, Costi, Coste, Da Costa, Dalla Costa and many more.
Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Giovanni Costa, who was involved in the governmental council in Piedmont
during the 15th century; Cesare Costa of Assisi was a priest and lawyer around 1438; Lorenzo Costa was a famous painter in Bologna around this time, whose works can be seen there still today; Carlo Adriano Costa, born in 1551, was a politician in Chieri; Angelo Maria Costa was a prominent painter and architect in Palermo during the late 17th century; Margherita Costa was a famous author and singer in Rome at this time. Tommaso Costa (1634-1690)... Another 97 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Da costa Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.