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Where did the French Decoster family come from? What is the French Decoster family crest and coat of arms? When did the Decoster family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Decoster family history?

The noble French surname Decoster is of local origin, deriving from a geographic feature near where the initial bearer once resided. In this instance, the name is derived from the French word "cote," which, in a geographic sense, means "by the coast."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Lacoste, Lacostes, La Coste, La Costes, Lacauste, Lacaustes, La Caustes, La Causte, De Lacoste, De Lacostes, De Lacauste, De Lacaustes, Coste, Cost, Coust, Couste, Caust, Costes, Causte, Caustes, Decoteau, Costil, Cotel, Coteau and many more.

First found in Languedoc where this illustrious family held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Decoster research. Another 368 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1593, 1650, 1696, 1700, 1704, 1790, 1791, 1792, 1808, 1816, and 1877 are included under the topic Early Decoster History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 42 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Decoster Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Decoster Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century


  • Gilles DeCoster, who landed in Canada in 1647

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  • Adam De Coster, Sound Department


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  2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  9. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
  10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
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The Decoster Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Decoster 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 28 July 2014 at 18:11.

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