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COSTI Family - History and Family Tree

The name COSTI - sometimes spelled by members of the family, because of its Godo roots or Spanish pronunciation, as Coshti - has its origins in the small village of Cos (Costi means "from Cos") in the Spanish province of Santander. Early on and regularly, members of the family used to serve in the King's army, or brought their own armed men to the King's service. It is a matter of historic proof that a good portion of Jews were dedicated to military careers. Some examples are:

* Onofre de Costi took part in the battle, known as “Batalla de las Navas de Tolosa”, against the Moors.

* Jacques Costi Barnuevo served under King Ramiro I in the battle of Clavijo, also against the Moors.

* Lucio Costi Mendar was “Halconero Mayor” of King Fernando II of Castille.

* Alfredo Costi was “Guarda Sellos” (guardian of the seal) of Alfonso V.

* Nuno Costi fought under and for King Pedro I of Aragon.

* Gozalvo Costi Beras served King Jaime I of Aragon, and received land concessions with the right to pass them on to his heirs.

* Gerardo Costi Menjibar was loyal to King Pedro I of Castille, fighting against the King’s brother – Don Enrique.

* It is not known if Saturio Costi, who fought in the battle of the liberation of Grenada against Boabdil, in 1492, in the service of the “Reyes Catolicos”, was still a Jew, a Marranoor a sincere “converse”.

* Other members of the family were scholars, farmers, merchants or artisans – like the majority of the Jewish inhabitants of Spain, however, unfortunately, they cannot be traced by name.

- There are strong indications that the family was established, for a long time, in Cordoba, Andalusia.
- According to the legend, our branch of the family left Spain at the time of the Expulsion, moving first to Bordeaux, France and later to Italy. It is said that they were maritime merchants, leasing ships to import and export merchandise. Like many Sephardim they also established in Turkey.
- Before the turn of the 19th century a few Costi brothers immigrated to Cairo, Egypt. The brothers married and raised families in Cairo but an uncle left for Sudan, where in the middle of nowhere, he established a trading post which became the town of Costi (or Kosti - depending on the spelling used to translate from Arabic) which can be located on any map of Sudan. He married a black Sudanese woman, who apparently converted to Judaism as his two sons are black Jews.
- The descendants of the Costi brothers from Cairo have emigrated from Egypt to Israel, France, South Africa, Italy, Australia, Venezuela, Mexico, England, Alaska and various other cities in the US.

   The Spanish description of the Costi Coat of Arms is as follows:

Partido en Palo Verticalmente:

- Primera de Sinoples con dos Torres y Castillo en medio de ambas, de color natural. Ante el Castillo arbol de Sinoples y atado a su tronco, con Cadenade Plata, Leon de color natural Andante, ante el que pasa un rio que parte el Terrasado de Sinople con ondas de Azul y Plata.

- Segunda de Gules, con cinco Lises de Oro en sotuer, y en Sable, el lema "Pon la vida por la Honra y la Honra por el Alma".

designed and drawn by Ronny Costi 

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Generation 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 Moise (Moche) Costi 1843-1915 + Sultana
1.1 Isaac Costi + Emilia Piperno
1.1.1 Maurice Costi + Anna Meschemberg Robert Costi 1935-2012 + Marie Helene Richeux 1942- Vincent Maurice Costi 1965- + Nathalie Lintanf 1966- Axel Gino Clarence Costi 1994- Mathias Corentino Teofile Costi 1997- Lois Jean Maurice Roberto Costi 2001- Romain Costi 2003- Alessandra Costi 1968- + Rauol Hernandez 1969- Victoria Annie Esperanza Hernandez 2000- Lauranna Helene Hernandez 2004- -"- + Mariella Bellavita -"- + Josiane El-Korm 1955- Lea Odelia Michele Costi 1992- Colette Costi 1941-2013 + Robert Diard 1941- Herve Diard 1968- + Frederique Pauwels 1973- Simon Diard 2000- Pauline Diard 2003- Alain Diard 1971- Jacqueline Costi 1944- + Nazareno Valentini 1939-1991 Manuela Valentini 1967- + Gianluca Noviello 1975- Flavia Noviello 2008- Giulia Noviello 2010- Maura Valentini 1968- Marcella Costi 1946-2015 + Vittorio Calo Prospero Daniele Calo 1968- Maurice David Calo 1970-
1.1.2 Fredric Costi + Victoria Brakha Denise Costi + Ralph Bigio Josette Bigio + David Silverhart Sandra Silverhart Ashley Clark Brittany Clark Randy Silverhart Hope Silverhardt Joe Bigio + Camille Gallo Diana Bigio + Nicholas Anthony Oriolo Catalina Grey Oriolo 2015- Jaclyn Bigio Robert Bigio Glen Bigio + Alice Unnamed Unnamed Unnamed Jacqueline Costi + Marvin Greenberg 1933- Steven Greenberg 1964- + Elizabeth Marsh 1960- Alexander Greenberg 1995- Andrew Greenberg 1966- Nicole Costi + Maurice Demeyer Monique DeMeyer 1964- + Michael Saka Samuel Saka 1995- Julien Saka 1998- Aiden Saka 2003- Eric DeMeyer + Daniel Strauss Greyson Strauss-DeMeyer Hudson Strauss-DeMeyer
1.1.3 Max Costi + Rene Brakha Jack Costi Jacqueline Costi Unnamed
1.2 Vita Costi + Esther Cohen
1.2.1 Regina (Geria) Costi 1905-1990 + Maurice Bianco d.1950 Arlen (Shlomo) Bianco 1931-1987 + Sarah Stadlan d.2007 Nathan Bianco Daniel Bianco d.1997 + Esther, Ety Kayam Ariella, Batia Bianco Jonathan Bianco Gabriel Bianco Eyal Bianco -"- + Deborah Kaufman Michael, Mike Bianco + Stacey Brooks Benjamin Bianco Victor, Haim, Vicky Bianco 1932- + Rivka, Becky Nahon 1933-2004 Ophir Bianco 1958- + Ariela Marian d. -"- + Leila Ockun 1964- Lior Bianco 1997- Hila Bianco 1999- Yair Bianco 2000- Alon Bianco 1963- + Havazelet Peled 1963- Nufar Bianco 1988- Rotem Bianco 1990- -"- + Tova Baron 1955- Revital Duek (Segal) 1979- Yuval Segal 1985- Youval Bianco 1971- + Dana Kutigaru 1972- Mai Bianco 2001- Arad Bianco 2003- Aviv-Rivka Bianco 2007-
1.2.2 Samuel Costi + Rosy Shoushan Rina Costi + Robert Rogers Debby Rogers Daniel Rogers Vicky Costi + Nereda Simone Costi Nathan Costi
1.2.3 Mary Costi + Victor Cabelli Andre Cabelli + Irene Kaiserman Paul Cabelli + Gabriella Stach Joel Cabelli 2007 Ella Cabelli 2008
1.2.4 Aaron Costi + Lilian El Hay + Hilda Eric Costi + Lina Dramont Benjamin Costi Unnamed Unnamed Jennifer Costi + Peter Fauler William Fauler Suzane Fauler Alexandra Fauler Richard Costi + Helen Dean Georgina Costi Francis Costi
1.2.5 Moise Costi + Berthie Achkenazin Jack Costi + Lei Smith Tal Costi Ari Costi Zev Costi Coby Costi Vick Costi
1.2.6 Bension Costi 1915-2003 + Ninette Hanan 1920-2006 Vicky Costi 1944- + Hanna Kleiner 1946-1996 Tal Costi + Ran Mendelson Mai Mendelson Noam Mendelson Guy Costi + Nora Nadav Costi Ron Costi Tomer Costi -"- + Ilana Bar Jacky Costi 1946- + Sara Axelrad 1950- Ronny Costi 1976- + Or Izhaki 1977- Ely Costi 2010- Ethan Costi 2012- Yael Costi 1978- Anat Costi 1982- Tamar Costi 1960- + Dan Vaknin 1950- Na'ama Vaknin 1994- Ido Vaknin 1999-
1.2.7 Lina Costi + Maurice Abemayor Vivian Abemayor + Dan Brown Nicole Brown + Cammie William Ross Brown Eliot Abemayor + Nina Alessandra Abemayor
1.2.8 Eli Costi
1.3 Behor (Joseph) Costi 1870-? + Flore Cohenca
1.3.1 Maurice Costi 1897- + Mary Benezra Flora Costi + Gabriel Messeri Aharon Messeri + Pirhiya Laham Shimon Messeri Eran Messeri Noa Messeri Moche Messeri + Nava Chilich Keren Messeri Gaby Messeri Omri Messeri Fortunee (Touna) Costi + Nisso Palombo Danielle Palombo + Avi Loya Hilla Loya Ifat Loya Dina Palombo + Uri Natanel Shay Palombo Joseph Costi + Gisele Metta Ariel Costi + Jack Weizel Sammy Weizel Paula Weizel Joseph Weizel Karen Costi + Moise Nizri Yshayahou Nizri Joseph Nizri Gisele Nizri Mylene Costi + Samy Moadeb Raphael Moadeb Ybone Moadeb Katia Costi + Jose Kalach Rafael Kalach Mauricio Kalach Gaby Costi + Isidoro Zappan Adolfo Costi
1.3.2 Adolphe Costi + Helen Levy Fleuretta Laura Costi + Simon Mattatia Vivy Mattatia + Aharon Baumwell Merav Baumwell Montane Baumwell Lytal Baumwell Nava Mattatia + Ezra Weinberger Maya Weinberger Royi Weinberger Re'out Weinberger Lily Costi + Owen Green Steven Green Alison Green
1.3.3 Regine Costi + Albert Palombo Nisso Palombo + Fortunee (Touna) Costi Danielle Palombo + Avi Loya Hilla Loya Ifat Loya Dina Palombo +Uri Natanel Shay Palombo Joseph Palombo + Dorothy
1.3.4 Solomon Costi +Renee Politi Joseph Costi + Angel Chonchol Shlomo "Solly" Costi + Sonja Zimmermann Sharon Costi + Eduard Ruijs Sofia Ruijs 2006- Sebastian Ruijs 2008- Gustavo (Gus) Joe Ruijs 2012- Samantha Costi + Noam Landman Liad Landman 2008- On Landman 2012- -"- + Tamara Jimenez Joseph Alexander Costi 1987- + Adriana Jaroslavsky David Costi + Monica Sara Costi Gabriel Costi Philipo Costi + Carmen Talia Costi 2006- Elvira Costi + Joseph Dentes Ellis Dentes + Jasmine Michael Costi Isaac Costi Renata Dentes + Jacobo Benzaquen Victoria Benzaquen Moises Benzaquen Joseph Benzaquen Shirel Benzaquen Dalia Dentes + Johnny Davedescu Nichole Davedescu Ilan Davedescu
1.4 Avrahm Costi + Sarina Gani
1.4.1 Maurice Costi + Rebecca Elie Costi + Rosie Albert Costi + Marylene Sandrine Costi + Arnaud Tiercelin Ambre Tiercelin
1.4.2 Elie Costi + Rebecca Hazan Albert Costi (1945-) + Armelle Usunier David Costi (1967-) + Stefania Sandri Estelle Costi -"- + Barbara Bolognini Isabelle Costi (2005-) Philippe Costi (2007-) Sullivan Costi (1973-) + Silvia Ancillotti (1974-) Lynn Costi (2006-) Victoria Costi (2011-) France-Line Costi (1978-) Joseph Costi + Monique Guillaume Sarah Costi
1.4.3 Claire Costi + Elie Sasson Rachel Sasson +Aaron Goldstein Dorit Goldstein Uri Goldstein + Perhiya Dolev Inbar Goldstein Orna Goldstein + Israel Assouline Hilla Assouline Roi Assouline Tali Goldstein Megi Goldstein Rina Sasson + Aruguette Nissim Anat Nissim Unnamed Unnamed Unnamed Unnamed Unnamed Elie Nissim Gabrielle Nissim Benjamin Nissim Rephael Nissim Meir Israel Nissim Sophie Sasson + Moshe Assayag Eldad Assayag Ophir Assayag
1.4.4 Salvator Costi +Mary Barouch Albert Costi + Annick Salomon Arnaud Costi + Lydia Benjamin Costi Gisele Costi + Mayer Kabbani David Kabbani + Khantaly Edane Gilles Kabbani
1.4.5 David Costi + Annie Brenda Costi + Lovat Unnamed Unnamed Unnamed
1.4.6 Suzanne Costi + Leon Hatouel Claudine Hatouel + Jean BenIzri Valerie BenIzri + Didier Jonathan Frederic BenIzri Kevin BenIzri Jacqueline Hatouel + Albert Cohen Arianne Cohen + Michael Kandel Tzouriel Kandel Betsalel Kandel Agnes Cohen + Marc Jalfon Joelle Jalfon David Cohen + Camille Liam Cohen Nirel Cohen Albert Hatouel + Rebecca Abravanel Sarah Hatouel Michael Hatouel David Hatouel Sabrina Hatouel Johanna Hatouel
1.5 Ester Costi 1882-? + Moreno Costi 1882-1949
1.5.1 Victor Costi 1907-1957 + Bruna Perugia 1919-2004 Enrico Costi 1943- + MariaGrazia Valle 1944- Mauro Costi 1967- + Manuela Navacci 1969- Chiara Costi 2001- Eliana Costi 1973- Renato Costi 1948- + Rita Valle 1948 Fabio Costi 1974- Daniele Costi 1978- -"- + Loredana Medico 1963- Renata Costi 1992- Silvia Costi 1995- Bruno Costi 1954- + Anne Bacigalupo 1950- Andrea Costi 1977- Fabiana Costi 1981-
1.5.2 Nina Costi 1909-2002 + Marco Osmo 1887-1958 Soly Salomon Osmo + Francoise Bouysset Marc Osmo 1962- Anne Osmo 1964- + Daniel Jousseaume Thomas Jousseaume 1991- Yann Jousseaume 1993- Remi Jousseaume 1999- Cecil Osmo 1968 + Emeric Preaubert Salome Preaubert 1999- Albane Preaubert 2002- Antoine Preaubert 2006- Solene Preaubert 2006-
1.5.3 Marco Costi 1914-1980+ Maria Gregoric 1917- Carlo Costi 1943-2003 + Maria (Mariella) Lupo Muriel Costi Micol Costi Miriam Costi Enrico Costi + Frederica Hofmann Fabrizio Costi + Elena Brandolini Francesca Costi Elisa Costi Frederico Costi Maurizio Costi + Wuan Kevin Costi
1.5.4 Renata Costi 1921-2009 + Victor Naar ?-1982 Sylvian Naar 1940- + Irene Sylvie Naar 1969- + Scott King Leah Renee King Alex King Victor Naar + MaryAnne Joshua Naar Juliette Elise Naar David Naar + Wendy Frias Gabriella Naar Stephany Naar 2012- -"- + Annie 1955-
1.5.4 -"- + Haim Victor Galante 1925-1991 Dario Galante 1954- + Orly Meshulam 1960- Luciana Galante 1956-2015 + Uri Ben Aharon 1955- Daniel Ben Aharon 1982- + Rotem Ben David 1983- Roni Renata Ben Aharon Or Shlomo Ben Aharon Morel Ben Aharon Dorel Ben Aharon
1.5.5 Moise Costi
1.6 Maurice Meir Costi + Judith Kitanic
1.6.1 Avram Costi + Varda Moche Costi Shahar Costi
1.6.2 Gabi Costi 1946- + Rami Steinberg Sharon Steinberg 1968- + Ilan Carmi 1965- Nimrod Carmi 2002- Nitzan Carmi 2005- Hadas Steinberg 1973- + Natan Zeidenstat 1975- Itamar Zeidenstat 2006- Guy Zeidenstat 2010- Yotam Zeidenstat 2012-
1.6.2 -"- + Dan Bezalel Mor 1944-
1.6.3 Meir Rico Costi + Rahel Abutboul Orna Ben Meir 1956- + Izi Gadel Oren Gadel 1978- + Sharona Gabbay Tomer Gadel 2015- Ayelet Ben Meir 1957- Iris Ben Meir 1960- + Nir Raz Assaf Costi 1992- -"- + Yuval Dori Shai Dori Ben Meir Omri Moshe Ben Meir 1966-
1.7 Leon Costi 1896-1980 + Caroline Cohen
1.7.1 Salvatore Salvo Costi + Pantera + Annabella
1.7.2 Maurice Costi + Gladys Levy
1.7.3 Sultana Leone Costi 1924-2018 + Raymond Setton 1921-2002 Michelle Setton Paul Setton 1963- + Michelle 1968- Jade Bianca Setton 1994- Logan Paul Raymond Setton 2016- Lehela Amber Gutteridge 2000- Nicole Setton Candice Michele Setton 1985- Dylan Setton 2006- Grant Setton 2009- Jason Setton 2009-

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