Costa
This famous surname is recorded in many spellings throughout Europe. Its origins are in fact Roman (Latin) and it describes a person who lived by or on a 'costa', normally a riverbank, but sometimes 'the coast'. The original translation from the pre Christian era of a 'costa' was the side (of a building), and by transference 'the side of a river'. The spelling forms are found as the French Coste, Cote, Lacoste, Delacoste and Delcote, the Provencal Costa, and Costes, the Spanish and Portugese Acosta, Costa, and Cuesta, the Catalan Costa and Costas, the Italian Costa, Costi, and Da Costa, whilst the French diminutive spellings include Costel, Costeau, Cousteau, Cotteaux, Costiou, Coustet, Couston, Coustille, Costy, and the Spanish Costilla. Curiously the name when found in England as Cost, Coste, and Costa is not usually from this source at all, but from a nickname shortform of the Greek personal name 'Constantine', and as such 'imported' by the Crusders in the 12th century. Early examples of the surname recording from different countries include Thomas Coste who married Elizabeth Showner at All Hallows, London, England, in 1547, Sebastia Fortia Costa, who married Eluaria Matona at Bagur, San Pedro, Gerona, Spain, on March 10th 1613, Pierre de la Coste, who married Maria Dupuys, at La Rochelle, France, on April 13th 1614, and Mary Catherine Costa, christened at San Francisco, California, USA, on July 12th 1875. The coat of arms associated with the surnamew has the blazon of a blue field, a gold chevron pierced with a mans rib all gold, beneath two red roses. On a gold chief, a black imperial eagle displayed. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Miguel Martinez Costa, which was dated March 21st 1612, christened at Miranda de Arga, Navarra, Spain, during the reign of King Philip 111 of Spain, 1598 - 1621. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Costa — may refer to: Costa (surname), including origin of the name and people sharing the surname Costa, scientific term, from Latin costa rib (plural costae) In botany, the central strand of a bryophyte leaf or thallus In entomology, the leading edge… …   Wikipedia

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  • Costa — oder Da Costa (lat., span., port., ital. für Küste) bezeichnet folgende geographische Objekte: ein Ort auf Korsika/Frankreich, siehe Costa (Haute Corse) ein Ort in Peru, siehe Costa (Peru) ein Suco im Subdistrikt Pante Macassar/Osttimor, siehe… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • costa — sustantivo femenino 1. Área: geografía Extensión de tierra que está en contacto con el mar o cerca de él: La costa mediterránea tiene grandes atractivos turísticos. Los pueblos de la costa tienen un clima suave por el efecto del mar. costa brava… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • costa — costá vb., ind. prez. 3 sg. şi pl. cóstă Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  A COSTÁ pers. 3 cóstă 1. intranz. 1) A avea un anumit cost; a reprezenta o anumită valoare (bănească); a valora; a face; a preţui. 2) A avea un… …   Dicționar Român

  • costa — 1. Además de significar ‘orilla del mar’, este sustantivo femenino se usa en plural con el significado de ‘gastos ocasionados por un proceso judicial’: «El condenado [...] permanecerá un año en prisión y deberá pagar las costas judiciales» (País… …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • COSTA — (Mendes da Costa), Anglo Jewish Sephardi family, prominent in the 17th and 18th centuries. The founder was ALVARO (JACOB) DA COSTA (d. 1680), born a Marrano in Portugal, who escaped via Rouen to London. He was one of the prominent Anglo Jewish… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • costa — Sp. costa coast, from same Latin source as English COAST (Cf. coast) (n.). Used in Britain from 1960s in jocular formations (costa geriatrica, costa del crime, etc.) in imitation of the names of Spanish tourist destinations …   Etymology dictionary

  • costa — s. f. 1. Parte da terra firme que emerge do mar ou por ele é banhada. = BEIRA MAR, LITORAL, PRAIA 2.  [Por extensão] Mar próximo à costa. 3. Zona junto a uma massa de água, como rio, lago, etc. 4. Região inclinada. = ENCOSTA, LADEIRA 5. Utensílio …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • Costa — (Аллинге,Дания) Категория отеля: Адрес: 3770 Аллинге, Дания Описание …   Каталог отелей

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