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Early Origins of the Da costa family

The surname Da costa was first found in the 12th century with the Costa family in the city of Genoa.

Early History of the Da costa family

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Da costa Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Da costa family

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)...
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Da costa World Ranking

In the United States, the name Da costa is the 5,006th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 1 However, in France, the name Da costa is ranked the 348th most popular surname with an estimated 11,638 people with that name. 2

United States Da costa migration to the United States +

An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Da costa arrived in North America very early:

Da costa Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peorine M DaCosta, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1840 3
  • Bartolome Dacosta, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1858 3

New Zealand Da costa migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Da costa Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Frederick Gomaz Da Costa, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "England" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 22nd September 1865 4

West Indies Da costa migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. 5
Da costa Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century
  • Del Mz DaCosta, who landed in Jamaica in 1740 3
  • Isaac Nunez DaCosta, who landed in Jamaica in 1741 3
  • Jacob Nunez DaCosta, who landed in Jamaica in 1741 3
  • Moses Nunez DaCosta, who landed in Jamaica in 1743 3
  • Abraham Nunez DaCosta, who landed in Jamaica in 1743 3
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Contemporary Notables of the name Da costa (post 1700) +

  • Morton DaCosta (1914-1989), American Tony award, Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated theatre and film director, film producer, writer, and actor
  • Amanda DaCosta (b. 1989), American professional soccer midfielder
  • Yaya DaCosta (b. 1982), American actress and fashion model
  • Alain da Costa Soarès (1935-2023), Gabonese professional football manager
  • Luísa Dacosta (b. 1927), Portuguese writer
  • Noel G. DaCosta (1929-2002), Nigerian-Jamaican composer, jazz violinist, and choral conductor
  • António Dacosta (1914-1990), Portuguese painter and poet

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  3. 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)
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