Costa (surname)
Costa, sometimes Da Costa or da Costa, is an Italian
Italy , officially the Italian Republic languages]] under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. In each of these, Italy's official name is as follows:;;;;;;;;), is a unitary parliamentary republic in South-Central Europe. To the north it borders France, Switzerland, Austria and...

 (particularly in Liguria
Liguria is a coastal region of north-western Italy, the third smallest of the Italian regions. Its capital is Genoa. It is a popular region with tourists for its beautiful beaches, picturesque little towns, and good food.-Geography:...

, Piedmont
Piedmont is one of the 20 regions of Italy. It has an area of 25,402 square kilometres and a population of about 4.4 million. The capital of Piedmont is Turin. The main local language is Piedmontese. Occitan is also spoken by a minority in the Occitan Valleys situated in the Provinces of...

 and Sardinia
Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea . It is an autonomous region of Italy, and the nearest land masses are the French island of Corsica, the Italian Peninsula, Sicily, Tunisia and the Spanish Balearic Islands.The name Sardinia is from the pre-Roman noun *sard[],...

), Portuguese
Portuguese people
The Portuguese are a nation and ethnic group native to the country of Portugal, in the west of the Iberian peninsula of south-west Europe. Their language is Portuguese, and Roman Catholicism is the predominant religion....

 and Catalan
Catalan people
The Catalans or Catalonians are the people from, or with origins in, Catalonia that form a historical nationality in Spain. The inhabitants of the adjacent portion of southern France are sometimes included in this definition...

 surname. And, because of immigration, is common in Brazil
Brazil , officially the Federative Republic of Brazil , is the largest country in South America. It is the world's fifth largest country, both by geographical area and by population with over 192 million people...

 and Argentina
Argentina , officially the Argentine Republic , is the second largest country in South America by land area, after Brazil. It is constituted as a federation of 23 provinces and an autonomous city, Buenos Aires...

. It's also a surname chosen by the Jews
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, due to Roman Catholic conversions.

It may refer to:
  • Albert Costa
    Albert Costa
    Albert Costa i Casals is a former professional tennis player from Spain. He is best remembered for winning the men's singles title at the French Open in 2002.-Tennis career:...

    , Catalan tennis player
  • Aldo Costa
    Aldo Costa
    Aldo Costa is an Italian engineer and former Technical Director of the Ferrari Formula One team.Costa was born in Parma. After school, he continued studying and graduated from the University of Bologna in mechanical engineering....

    , Italian technical director of Italian F1 team Ferrari
  • Alfredo Costa (–1908), a person who assassinated King Carlos I of Portugal
    Carlos I of Portugal
    -Assassination:On 1 February 1908 the royal family returned from the palace of Vila Viçosa to Lisbon. They travelled by train to Barreiro and, from there, they took a steamer to cross the Tagus River and disembarked at Cais do Sodré in central Lisbon. On their way to the royal palace, the open...

     and his eldest son Luis Filipe with Manuel Buiça
    Manuel Buiça
    Manuel dos Reis da Silva Buíça , was Portuguese schoolteacher, former cavalry Sergeant, and excellent marksman involved with Alfredo Costa in the regicide of King Carlos I of Portugal and the Prince Royal, Luis Filipe, during the events that became known as the 1908 Lisbon Regicide .-Biography:Son of...

     in 1908
  • Andrea Costa
    Andrea Costa
    Andrea Costa was an Italian socialist activist, born in Imola.He co-founded the Partito dei Lavoratori Italiani in 1892 after renouncing his anarchist principles in 1879. It is probable that this happened due to his marriage to Russian Socialist Anna Kulischov...

    , Italian socialist activist
  • António Costa
    António Costa
    António Luís dos Santos da Costa, GCIH is a Portuguese lawyer and politician, former Minister and current Mayor of Lisbon.-Political career:...

    , Portuguese politician
  • Antonio da Costa Santos
    Antonio da Costa Santos
    Antonio da Costa Santos was a Brazilian architect and politician affiliated to the Workers' Party .Toninho took office as Mayor of Campinas , on January 1, 2001. He was shot to death at 10:15 pm, September 10, 2001, as he was driving home alone from a shopping mall...

    , Brazilian architect and politician
  • Antony Costa
    Antony Costa
    Antony Daniel Costa is an English singer-songwriter and actor. He is best known as a member of the boyband Blue.-Career:One of Costa's earliest television roles was as a pupil in Steven Moffat's sitcom Chalk...

    , British singer
  • Benjamin Mendes da Costa
    Benjamin Mendes da Costa
    Benjamin Mendes da Costa was an English merchant and philanthropist. In July 1840 he emigrated to the newly settled colony of South Australia, becoming a successful merchant on Hindley Street and acquiring significant landholdings in the city centre...

    , English-Australian philanthropist
  • Carles Costa, Catalan tennis player
  • Carlos Duarte Costa, Brazilian religious figure
  • Celso Costa, Brazilian mathematician, discovered Costa's minimal surface
    Costa's minimal surface
    In mathematics, Costa's minimal surface is an embedded minimal surface and was discovered in 1982 by the Brazilian mathematician Celso Costa. It is also a surface of finite topology, which means that it can be formed by puncturing a compact surface...

    , an embedded minimal surface in 1982
  • Delfim Moreira da Costa Ribeiro, Brazilian politician
  • Desiderio Costa
    Desiderio Costa
    Desiderio da Graça Verissimo e Costa is an Angolan politician who was Minister of Petroleum from 2002 to 2008.As Minister of Petroleum, Costa visited the China, Cuba, Venezuela, the United States and others, due to his country's expanding petroleum industry. He was the 2005-2006 chairman of the...

    , Angolan politician
  • Don Costa
    Don Costa
    Don Costa was an American pop music arranger and record producer, best known for his work with Frank Sinatra.-Career:...

    , American pop music arranger and record producer
  • Emanuel Mendez da Costa
    Emanuel Mendez da Costa
    Emanuel Mendez da Costa was an English botanist, naturalist, philosopher, and collector of valuable notes and of manuscripts, and of anecdotes of the literati....

    , English botanist, naturalist, philosopher, and collector
  • Erminio Costa
    Erminio Costa
    Erminio Costa was a neuroscientist. His research interests covered brain serotonergic activity in health and disease, benzodiazepine-GABA interactions, benzodiazepine action at GABAA receptors, and GABAergic dysfunction and changes in the expression of reelin and GAD67 in schizophrenia...

    , Italian-born neuroscientist
  • Fabio Costa
    Fábio Costa
    Fábio Costa is a Brazilian goalkeeper. He currently plays for Clube Atlético Mineiro reserves on loan from Santos....

    , Brazilian goalkeeper
  • Francesco Costa
    Francesco Costa
    Francesco Costa was an Italian painter of the late-Baroque period, active mainly in his Native Genoa. He was the pupil of the painter Gregorio de Ferrari in Genoa, and later of Antonio Maria Haffner. He often painted with Giovanni Battista Revello . He painted in the Palazzo Grilli in Pegli.He...

    , Italian painter
  • Frank Costa
    Frank Costa
    Frank Costa OAM is an entrepreneur, 1997 Order of Australia Medal recipient, and philanthropist. The Geelong native has been a prominent figure in the region for more than four decades, after inheriting the family's produce business in the late 1950s...

    , Australian businessman and Geelong Football Club President
  • Gal Costa
    Gal Costa
    Gal Costa is a Brazilian singer of popular music.-Early life:...

    , Brazilian singer
  • Giacamo Costa (1919–2000), Italian-born Australian professional wrestler better known as Al Costello
    Al Costello
    Giacomo Costa was an Italian Australian professional wrestler best known by his ring name, Al Costello. Costello was the first professional wrestler to be nicknamed "The Man of a Thousand Holds" because of his innovative and very technical style.Costello was the creator and original member of the...

  • Giovanni Costa
    Giovanni Costa
    Giovanni Costa , known as Nino, was an Italian landscape painter and revolutionary.-Biography:Costa was born in Rome...

    , Italian painter
  • Isaac da Costa
    Isaac da Costa
    Isaac da Costa was a Dutch poet.Da Costa was born in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. His father, an aristocratic Sephardic Portuguese Jewish, Daniel da Costa, a relative of Uriel Acosta, was a prominent merchant in the city of Amsterdam; his mother, Rebecca Ricardo, was a near relative of the...

    , Dutch Jewish writer
  • Jason Costa, mixed martial artist from mississauga Ontario
  • Jaume Costa
    Jaume Costa
    Jaume Vicent Costa Jordá is a Spanish footballer who plays for Villarreal CF B as a left defender.-External links:*** ** *...

    , Valencian footballer
  • Jean-Paul Costa
    Jean-Paul Costa
    Jean-Paul Costa is a French jurist and has been President of the European Court of Human Rights since 19 January 2007. He was first appointed a judge of the Court on 1 November 1998, and in 2009 was elected to serve an additional three years as President...

    , French judge
  • Jim Costa
    Jim Costa
    James Manuel "Jim" Costa is the U.S. Representative for , serving since his initial election in 2004. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district takes in large and predominantly Latino portions of Fresno and Bakersfield in the Central Valley.-Early life and education:Born in Fresno,...

    , Portuguese-American politician
  • João da Costa, Portuguese Jesuit
  • Joan Costa-i-Font
    Joan Costa-i-Font
    Joan Costa-i-Font is a Spanish born and British naturalised economist specializing in health economics and political economy....

    , Catalan economist
  • Joaquim Costa Puig
    Joaquim Costa Puig
    Joaquim Costa Puig is a retired basketball player. He played 71 for the Spain national team.-Clubs:*1974-82: Círculo Católico Badalona*1982-83: FC Barcelona*1983-86: Círculo Católico Badalona...

    , Catalan basketball player
  • Joe Costa
    Joe Costa
    Joe Costa is an Australian football Midfield player who currently plays for Enfield City in the FFSA Premier League.-Club career:...

    , Australian footballer
  • Johnny Costa
    Johnny Costa
    Johnny Costa was an American jazz pianist, born in Arnold, Pennsylvania. Given the title "The White Tatum" by jazz legend Art Tatum, Costa is best known for his work as musical director of the children's television program, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.Costa learned to play accordion at age 7 and...

    , American jazz pianist
  • Jorge Costa
    Jorge Costa
    Jorge Paulo Costa Almeida , known as Costa, is a retired Portuguese professional footballer who played as a central defender, and a current manager....

    , Portuguese football player
  • Larissa Costa
    Larissa Costa
    Larissa Costa Silva de Oliveira , commonly known as Larissa Costa, is a Brazilian beauty queen who won the Miss Brasil 2009...

    , Brazilian model
  • Ligia Maura Costa
    Ligia Maura Costa
    Ligia Maura Costa is a full professor at Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo – Fundação Getulio Vargas . She received her habilitation degree in international law from Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de São Paulo...

    , Brazilian professor
  • Lorenzo Costa
    Lorenzo Costa
    Lorenzo Costa was an Italian painter of the Renaissance.-Biography:He was born at Ferrara, but moved to Bologna by the his early twenties, and would be more influential to the Bolognese school of painting. However, many artists worked in both nearby cities, and thus others consider him a product...

    , Italian painter
  • Lúcio Costa
    Lúcio Costa
    Lucio Costa was a Brazilian architect and urban planner.-Career:Costa was born in Toulon, France.Educated at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne, England and in Montreux until 1916, he graduated as an architect in 1924 from the School of Fine Art in Rio de Janeiro...

    , Brazilian architect and urban planner
    Urban planner
    An urban planner or city planner is a professional who works in the field of urban planning/land use planning for the purpose of optimizing the effectiveness of a community's land use and infrastructure. They formulate plans for the development and management of urban and suburban areas, typically...

  • Luís Antônio Corréa da Costa (born 1966), Brazilian footballer better known as Müller
  • Manuel da Costa
    Manuel da Costa (footballer)
    Manuel Marouane da Costa Trindade Senoussi , known as Manuel da Costa, is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a centre-back for FC Lokomotiv Moscow. Da Costa was born in France, but qualifies to play for Portugal, through his parents .-AS Nancy:Da Costa began his career at Ligue 1 club AS Nancy...

    , Portuguese footballer
  • Manuel da Costa
    Manuel da Costa
    Manuel da Costa was a Jesuit and bibliographer from Lisbon. After teaching humanities and theology at several schools, like Coimbra where most of the Jesuit letters were available in uncensored form, he was chosen rector of Braga, then missionary to the Azores; he was distinguished by his zeal...

    , Portuguese jesuit missionary
  • Manuel Pinto da Costa
    Manuel Pinto da Costa
    Manuel Pinto da Costa is a Santoméan economist and politician who served as the first President of São Tomé and Príncipe from 1975 to 1991. He was again elected as President in August 2011 and took office on 3 September 2011....

    , former president of São Tomé and Príncipe
    São Tomé and Príncipe
    São Tomé and Príncipe, officially the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, is a Portuguese-speaking island nation in the Gulf of Guinea, off the western equatorial coast of Central Africa. It consists of two islands: São Tomé and Príncipe, located about apart and about , respectively, off...

  • Marcos Costa
    Marcos Costa
    Marcos André Rocha Costa is a boxer from Brazil, who won the bronze medal in the light welterweight division at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.-References:*...

    , Brazilian boxer
  • Mariana Bridi da Costa
    Mariana Bridi da Costa
    Mariana Bridi Costa , also known as Mari, was a Brazilian model.-Biography:She began her career at the age of 14 and participated in competitions and fashion events. In 2006 she secured the fourth place in the Miss World Brazil 2006 beauty pageant...

    , known as "Mari", Brazilian model
  • Mario Costa
    Mario Costa
    Dr. Mario Costa is a Maltese diplomat and a former Ambassador of Malta to Russia.- References :...

    , a Maltese diplomat and ambassador to Russia
  • Martinho da Costa Lopes
    Martinho da Costa Lopes
    Martinho da Costa Lopes , East Timorese religious and political leader. Msgr da Costa Lopes, who was a Timorese priest of many years experience, was also a member of the National Assembly in Lisbon. By 1975, when the Indonesian troops landed in Timor, he had become the assistant to the Portuguese...

    , East Timor
    East Timor
    The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, commonly known as East Timor , is a state in Southeast Asia. It comprises the eastern half of the island of Timor, the nearby islands of Atauro and Jaco, and Oecusse, an exclave on the northwestern side of the island, within Indonesian West Timor...

    ese religious and political leader
  • Mathieu de Costa
    Mathieu de Costa
    Mathieu de Costa is the first recorded black person in Canada. He was a member of the exploring party of Pierre Dugua, the Sieur de Monts and Samuel de Champlain in the early 17th century....

    , first recorded black person in Canada
  • Matt Costa
    Matt Costa
    Matthew Albert Costa is a singer-songwriter from Huntington Beach, California.He has five independent releases: two self-recorded EPs, and three full-length CDs released via Brushfire Records.-Life:...

    , American folk singer and songwriter
  • Sir Michael Costa
    Michael Costa (conductor)
    Sir Michael Andrew Angus Costa was an Italian-born conductor and composer who achieved success in England.-Biography:He was born in Naples as Michaele Andrea Agniello Costa, to a family, according to some, of Sephardic stock...

    , English composer and conductor
  • Michael Costa, Australian politician
  • Moses da Costa
    Moses da Costa
    Moses Mendes da Costa , also called Anthony da Costa, was an 18th century English banker.He was so successful as a banker, that he has sometimes been said to have been on the board of the Bank of England; however, although he held shares in the bank, he was not in fact ever a director.In 1727, he...

    , also called "Anthony da Costa", English banker
  • Newton da Costa
    Newton da Costa
    Newton Carneiro Affonso da Costa is a Brazilian mathematician, logician, and philosopher. He studied engineering and mathematics at the Federal University of Paraná in Curitiba and the title of his 1961 Ph.D...

    , Brazilian mathematician
  • Nikka Costa
    Nikka Costa
    Domenica "Nikka" Costa is an American singer whose music combines elements of funk, soul, and blues. She also had a career as a child singer starting in the early 1980s. She is the daughter of notable music producer Don Costa and is married to Australian producer/songwriter Justin Stanley.- Early...

    , - American singer
  • Oronzio Gabriele Costa
    Oronzio Gabriele Costa
    Oronzio Gabriele Costa was an Italian zoologist.At first a physician he taught zoology at the University of Naples. He wrote 126 papers on various subjects but principally on entomology...

    , Italian zoologist
  • Paolo Costa
    Paolo Costa
    Paolo Costa is an Italian Member of the European Parliament. He was elected on the Olive Tree ticket and sits with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group....

    , Italian Member of the European Parliament
  • Phil Costa
    Phil Costa
    Phillip John "Phil" Costa is an Australian politician. He was an Australian Labor Party member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 2007 until 2011, representing the electorate of Wollondilly. He served as Minister for Water and Minister for Corrective Services.-Early life:Costa was...

    , Australian politician
  • Renata Aparecida da Costa
    Renata Aparecida da Costa
    Renata Aparecida da Costa, or simply Renata Costa or Kóki is a Brazilian women's soccer player.- Career :...

    , aka Renata Costa, Brazilian footballer
  • Ricardo Costa
    Ricardo Costa (filmmaker)
    Ricardo Costa is a Portuguese film director and producer.Most of his filmography consists of documentary films, many of them being contaminated by fiction...

    , Portuguese filmmaker
  • Robert Costa, American policitian
  • Ronaldo da Costa
    Ronaldo da Costa
    Ronaldo da Costa broke the ten-year-old marathon world record in 1998 in Berlin. The record was previously held by Belayneh Densamo from Ethiopia at the Rotterdam Marathon in April, 1988...

    , Brazilian long distance runner
  • Rui Costa
    Rui Costa
    Rui Manuel César Costa, OIH is a former Portuguese football player and current Director of Football for Sport Lisboa e Benfica. An attacking midfielder also capable of playing as a deep-seated defensive midfielder, he most recently played for Portuguese club Benfica...

    , Portuguese football player
  • Sam Costa
    Sam Costa
    Samuel Gabriel 'Sam' Costa was a singer and a voice actor on the show Much Binding In The Marsh. He was also a Radio Luxembourg and BBC disc jockey.-Life:...

     - British comic actor
  • Uriel da Costa
    Uriel da Costa
    Uriel da Costa or Uriel Acosta was a philosopher and skeptic from Portugal.-Life:Costa was born in Porto with the name Gabriel da Costa...

    , Portuguese Jewish writer
  • Viviane Costa
    Viviane Costa
    Viviane Filellini Costa is a female water polo player from Brazil, who won the bronze medal with the Brazil women's national water polo team at the 2003 Pan American Games. She played in an attacking position in the national squad.-References:...

    , Brazilian water polo player

Dalla Costa

  • Marco Dalla Costa, Italian footballer
  • Elia Dalla Costa
    Elia Dalla Costa
    Elia Angelo Dalla Costa was an Italian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as archbishop of Florence from 1931 until his death, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1933.-Biography:...

  • Lamberto Dalla Costa
    Lamberto Dalla Costa
    Lamberto dalla Costa was an Italian bobsledder who competed in the late 1950s. He won the gold medal in the two-man event at the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo....


In Brazil it is believed that the name has been adopted metaphorically, referring to Da Costa as literally from the coast. This theory would explain the absence of the name in families from states not bounded by water.
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