Re: MARTIN and COTE' dit COSTE', Ile d'Orleans, 1600s, "New France"
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MARTIN and COTE' dit COSTE', Ile d'Orleans, 1600s, "New France"
L. A. Childress 7/11/08
I'm still researching the miscelaneous facts that have been provided by gen historians regarding the Cote/Coste name. I have come across quite a bit of information on a Martin Cote, that goes back before 1565. He was of Basque origin (a region between France and Spain). It's possible he had a brother Jean Cote, or he may have been also known as Jean-Martin Cote/Coste. He may be the father of Isabel Cote who married Jean Martin L'Ecossais... or a brother/cousin to her. I do not know this for sure, but I thought I'd add Basque Origin to your post. The name Cote/Coste may have been given as a surname to some of the sea worthy Basque fisherman, which in fact had already frequented the Canadian coastline (before settlement) where some of the best fishing was (appropriate since these men would have been located in sea side towns).