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Da Costa Name Meaning

Portuguese and Galician (also Dacosta): variant of Costa with the addition of da a shortened form of the preposition de ‘from’ and the feminine definite article a ‘the’. Compare D'Costa . Jewish (Sephardic): adoption of the Portuguese surname (see 1 above) at the moment of conversion to Roman Catholicism. After the return to Judaism (generations later) some descendants retained the name their families used as Catholics.

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


Similar surnames: De Costa, Costa, Decoste, D'agosta, Da Cunha, Da Ponte, Da Silva

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You can see how Da Costa families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Da Costa family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Da Costa families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 63 Da Costa families living in London. This was about 85% of all the recorded Da Costa's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Da Costa families in 1891.
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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Da Costa. For the veterans among your Da Costa ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Da Costa lifespan?

Between 1968 and 2004, in the United States, Da Costa life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1972, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Da Costa in 1968 was 72, and 79 in 2004.

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