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Costa Family History

Costa Name Meaning

topographic name for someone who lived on a slope or river bank, or on the coast (ultimately from Latin costa ‘rib’, ‘side’, ‘flank’, also used in a transferred topographical sense), or a habitational name from any of numerous places named Costa or named with this word. of Greek origin (see Costas).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Cotta, Cota, Post, Rosa, Costas, Cosma, Posa, Cova, Comte, Colla

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Where is the Costa family from?

You can see how Costa families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Costa family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Costa families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 4 Costa families living in Louisiana. This was about 57% of all the recorded Costa's in the USA. Louisiana had the highest population of Costa families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Costa surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Costa ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Costa. 19% of Costa men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Costa women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Costa were Salesman and New Worker.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    19%
  • Farmer
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%
  • Salesman
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Operator
    7%
  • Seamstress
    5%
  • Spinner
    5%
  • New Worker
    5%
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Census Records

There are 93,000 census records available for the last name Costa. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Costa census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 65,000 immigration records available for the last name Costa. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 22,000 military records available for the last name Costa. For the veterans among your Costa ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Costa lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Costa life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Costa in 1945 was 58, and 75 in 2004.

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