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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cos"ta
  1. [Anat] A rib of an animal or a human being.
  2. [Bot] A rib or vein of a leaf, especially the midrib.
  3. [Zoöl]
    1. The anterior rib in the wing of an insect.
    2. One of the riblike longitudinal ridges on the exterior of many corals.

Etymology: L., rib. See Coast

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any of the 12 pairs of curved arches of bone extending from the spine to or toward the sternum in humans (and similar bones in most vertebrates)
  2. A riblike part of a plant or animal (such as a middle rib of a leaf or a thickened vein of an insect wing)

Borrowing from Latin costa (cognate with coast).

  1. (anatomy) A rib.
  2. (biology) A riblike part of a plant or animal, such as a middle rib of a leaf or a thickened vein or the margin of an insect wing.
    1. (entomology) The vein forming the leading edge of most insect wings.

costa was also found in the following language(s): Asturian, Catalan, Italian, Ladin, Latin, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Costa

Costa Ronin is an actor. His ongoing career started in 2009. Costa was born Costa Ronin on February 3rd, 1979 in Kaliningrad.


Costa Nhamoinesu is a soccer player for the AC Sparta Prague, Amazulu FC (Bulawayo), Masvingo United F.C., Zagłębie Lubin, and Zimbabwe national football team. Costa was born on January 6th, 1986 in Harare.



Costa was born on May 1st, 1944.


Costa M. Pleicones is a Chief Justice Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court and Chief Justice Justice of theSouth Carolina Supreme Court. Costa was born on February 29th, 1944.


Costa Constantinides is a Member of the New York City Council from the 22nd District and Member of theNew York City Councilfrom the 22nd District. Costa was born on January 7th, 1975 in Astoria, Queens.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Costa

Diego Costa is a soccer player for the Chelsea F.C., S.C. Braga, F.C. Penafiel, Atlético Madrid, Celta de Vigo, Albacete Balompié, Real Valladolid, Rayo Vallecano, Brazil national football team, and Spain national football team. Diego was born on October 7th, 1988 in Lagarto, Brazil.


Douglas Costa is a soccer player for the FC Bayern Munich, Esporte Clube Novo Hamburgo, Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense, FC Shakhtar Donetsk, Brazil national under-20 football team, and Brazil national football team. Douglas was born on September 14th, 1990 in Sapucaia do Sul, Brazil. Douglas is also known as Costa de Souza and Douglas.


Rui Costa is a soccer player for the S.L. Benfica, AD Fafe, ACF Fiorentina, A.C. Milan, Portugal national under-18 football team, Portugal national under-20 football team, and Portugal national under-21 football team. Rui was born on March 29th, 1972 in Amadora, Portugal.


Hélder Costa is a soccer player for the AS Monaco FC, S.L. Benfica, S.L. Benfica B, Deportivo de La Coruña, Portugal national under-16 football team, Portugal national under-17 football team, and Portugal national under-18 football team. Hélder was born on January 12th, 1994 in Luanda, Angola.


António Costa is a Secretary-General of the Socialist Party, 119th Prime Minister of Portugal, Secretary-General of theSocialist Party, Mayor of Lisbon, Minister of the Internal Administration, Minister of Justice, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Assistant Secretary . António was born on July 17th, 1961 in Lisbon.


Elis Regina was a música popular brasileira, samba, pop music, rock music, jazz, and bossa nova musician. She was most active from 1961 to 1982. Elis was given the name Elis Regina Carvalho Costa on March 17th, 1945 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Elis is also known as Pimentinha and Furacão. She passed away on January 19th, 1982.


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Popularity of Costa as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Costa U.S.
  White 83.16% 64.26%
  African American 2.26% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.82% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.39% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.11% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 10.25% 16.26%

Of Last Name Costa

People with the last name Costa are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Costa

  • How Popular is the name Costa? Costa is the 24,174th most popular name of all time. As a last name Costa was the 904th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Costa have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 246 babies born with the first name Costa in the United States. That's more than enough people named Costa to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Costa? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1916 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Costa first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Costa is Sunday, March 20th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Costa born? The highest recorded use of the first name Costa was in 2015 with a total of 15 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Costa: Your name in reverse order is Atsoc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Otsca. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Costa? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 38,265 people with the last name Costa.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Costa? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 13 of them will have Costa as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.