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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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  • Richard J. DeCoster (b. 1921), American Democrat politician, Elected Missouri State House of Representatives from Lewis County 1964
  • Joseph C. DeCoster, American politician, Mayor of Highland Park, New Jersey, 1952-53
  • F. A. DeCoster, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 38th District, 1891-92
  • Adam De Coster, Sound Department


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  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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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 11 November 2015 at 10:51.

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